Portion Problems

Super-size servings are contributing to the childhood obesity crisis. We help you determine the ideal portion sizes for your kids.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children consume 6 to 11 servings of grains daily, 2 to 3 servings of vegetables, 2 to 3 servings of fruits, 2 to 3 servings of dairy, and 2 servings of meat or other proteins such as beans and eggs. Not sure what constitutes a serving for your child? Check out the recommended portion sizes:

1 to 3 year olds

  • Bread: 1/2 slice
  • Cereal, pasta, rice: 1/4 cup cooked
  • Dry cereal: 1/3 cup
  • Crackers, 2 to 3
  • Vegetables, 1/4 cup cooked
  • Fruit, 1/4 cup or 1/2 piece
  • Juice, 1/4 cup
  • Milk, 1/2 cup
  • Cheese, 1/2 ounce
  • Yogurt, 1/3 cup
  • Egg, 1/2
  • Beans, 1/4 cup
  • Meat, fish, poultry, 1 oz. (2, 1-in. cubes)

    4 to 6 year olds

    • Bread: 1/2 slice
    • Cereal, pasta, rice: 1/3 cup cooked
    • Dry cereal: 1/2 cup
    • Crackers, 3 to 4
    • Vegetables, 1/4 cup cooked
    • Salad, 1 cup
    • Fruit, 1/4 cup or 1/2 piece
    • Juice, 1/3 cup
    • Milk, 1/2 cup
    • Cheese, 1 ounce
    • Yogurt, 1/2 cup
    • Egg, 1
    • Beans, 1/3 cup
    • Meat, fish, poultry, 1 oz. (2, 1-in. cubes)

      7 to 10 year olds

      • Bread: 1 slice
      • Cereal, pasta, rice: 1/2 cup cooked
      • Dry cereal: 3/4 to 1 cup
      • Crackers, 4 to 5
      • Vegetables, 1/2 cup cooked
      • Salad, 1 cup
      • Fruit, 1/3 cup or 1 piece
      • Juice, 1/2 cup
      • Milk, 1 cup
      • Cheese, 1 ounce
      • Yogurt, 3/4 to 1 cup
      • Egg, 1 or 2
      • Beans, 1/2 cup
      • Meat, fish, poultry, 2 to 3 oz.

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