First realize, children’s calories will vary day to day, and its important not to get too concerned if one day they hardly eat anything, yet another day they eat everything. This is normal for them, as well as us.
I understand however, some parents need some hard/ fast numbers. So here they are, from www.mypyramid.gov
Based on 1000 calories needed for an average 2-3 year old for the whole day (not each meal obviously):
|Grains||3 oz (one ounce = 1 mini bagel, one slice bread, 1 small muffin)|
|Meats & Beans||2 oz (one ounce = one egg, 1/2 oz of nuts, 1/4 cup of cooked beans)|
This is not much food. It isn’t necessary to pile food on your child’s plate, and especially expect them to eat everything on their plate. You be in charge of WHAT they are eating, and they can be in charge of how much they eat… as long as they aren’t skimping out just to get dessert.)
With 2 cups of fruits and veggies per day, we’ve got a lot of prepping to do! This week I plan to make our vegetables really tasty (even if it means adding a little salt or butter..just a little). I’ll let you know how it goes.