Toddler food group requirements

The School Food Trust has made the following recommendations for children under five. Although you do not need to rigidly stick to these every day, they are a good starting point for planning meals.

  • Starchy Foods → four portions per day
  • Fruit and Vegetables → five portions per day
  • Dairy Foods → three portions per day.
  • Non-Dairy protein (meat, fish, beans) → two to three portions per day
  • Salty or sugary foods and fizzy drinks → only very small amounts

Foods to avoid

  • Whole nuts, to avoid choking
  • Large fish, such as shark and marlin, which may contain high levels of mercury

The Food Pyramid

Looking to provide your toddler with a healthy, balanced diet? Take a look at our Toddler Meal Planner 

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