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Examples of Toddler-Sized Servings

Range of Servings in Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating

Grain Products - 5 to 12 servings per day

Choose whole grain and enriched products more often!

  • 1/2 slice whole grain or enriched breads, muffin, roll, or pancake.

  • 1/3  (75 mL) whole grain or enriched cereals without sugar coating (Sweeten naturally with dried and fresh fruit)

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup (50-125mL) cooked cereals (including pablum), pasta or rice.

Vegetables and Fruit - 5 or more toddler servings per day

Choose dark green and orange vegetables and fruit

  • 2 to 4 tbsp. (30-60mL) fresh cooked, stewed or mashed fruit
    1/4 to 1/2 cup (50-125mL) Vitamin C rich fruit
    2 to 4tbsp. (30-60mL) raw or cooked vegetables, especially dark green and yellow ones.

Milk Products - 4 to 5 toddler servings per day

At least 500 mL (2 cups) should be consumed as milk to ensure that Vitamin D needs are met

  • 1/2 cup (125mL) whole (homo) cow’s milk as a beverage or in puddings, soups, plain yogurt
    1oz. (30g) grated cheese, processed cheese or 1/4 cup (60mL) cottage cheese
    1/3 cup (75 g) yogurt

  • The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends whole milk starting at nine to 12 months of age and continuing until two years of age. Infants need the fat in whole milk for growth and development.

    Keep in mind that the only nutritional difference between skim, 1%, 2% and homo milk is the fat content. You’ll find the same amount of protein, vitamins and minerals in each type of milk.

Meat and Alternatives - 2 - 3 toddler servings per day

Choose leaner meats, poultry and fish, as well as dried peas, beans and lentils more often

  • 2 to 4 tbsp. (30-60mL) ground, chopped or cubed lean meats, fish or poultry.
    1 whole egg
    2 to 4 tbsp. (30-60 mL) legumes (peas, beans, lentils)
    1 tbsp. (15mL) peanut butter

Other Foods: Limit foods high in salt, fat, sugar and caffeine, such as potato chips, chocolate, candy, pop and fruit flavoured drinks.