Hi there I'm hoping someone can tell me what exactly is a 'baby portion' of fruit and the same for veg....
For example is 1 teaspoon of fruit puree counted as one portion? Does half a carrot count as one portion of veg? Is one baby yogurt 1 portion of dairy..??
The crux of it is that i am confused about whether or not i am giving ds enough fruit and veg. I've read a lot here about making sure they get their 5-a-day but i've not actually figured out what their portion sizes are/should be!!
If its relevant, ds is 10months old and follows a mixture of a spoon fed diet as well as BLW. All his meals are home cooked. I even make my own yogurt!! So i can't measure portion sizes from jars/tubs etc.
Rule of thumb is that a portion of fruit/veg for anyone is a handful so I tend to make it about the size of my kids hands and that should cover it. Not sure re the dairy, you could look at the NHS or govt websites to see what guidelines they have but I would say that a baby yog would count as one not forgetting any milk they still have.
Hey mine, yeah, like the others have said I think it's the size of their palm. I wouldn't worry too much though, there was something on the news a while ago about kids needing fruit and veg but also equally needing plenty fat and dairy, like you are doing. Good on you making all your own food, I try but have to admit resorting to jars on occasion!
Adults and children aged five and above are recommended to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day. Between the ages of two and five you can gradually start giving children fruit and veg, working up to five portions a day.
By the time your child is two years old, it's important to start introducing a variety of foods, including fruit and veg. Research shows that the more frequently different food is offered to children, the more likely they are to eat a varied diet later on. So don't be put off if your child doesn't eat a new food the first time you offer it. Try again several times.