Adult serving size verses Child serving size

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 03:12 PM

The “serving size” I learned years ago came from watching grandmothers, mothers and friends’ mothers dish out plates of food for dinners over the years.

(All are ONE SERVING illustrations for an adult. ONE SERVING for a child would be ½ of the adult portion.)

Breads: 1 slice bread, 1 small roll

Fats: 1 teaspoon butter, margarine or oil; or 2 tsp. cream; or 2 tsp. mayonnaise; or 1 Tbsp. whipped cream

Starchy Vegetables: 1/2 cup (e.g. peas, corn, turnip) or 1 small potato

Leafy or lighter vegetables: 1 cup (e.g. lettuce, broccoli, eggplant, etc.)

Fruit: 1 apple, orange, pear, peach, nectarine, tangerine, etc.

or 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 banana

or 2 apricots, 2 small plums, 2 kiwi

or 10 cherries, 10 grapes

or 1/2 cup berries

Dairy:  1 cup milk, or ½ cup yogurt, or ½ cup cottage cheese, or 1 oz. hard cheese

Juice:   4 oz. V8, tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.

Meats: 5 oz. uncooked, or 3 oz. cooked

Fish:    7 oz. uncooked, or 5 oz. cooked

Condiments: 1-3 tsp. ketchup, 1-2 tsp. mustard

Dessert:  1/12 cake; 1/8 pie; 2 cookies; 1 tart/square; ½  cup jello/pudding/custard

These were “serving sizes” that were considered ample for an adult.  If you wanted more, it was considered “extra helpings”.  Again, this was just amounts considered normal serving sizes by the American Dietetics Association.

However, the caveat here is that serving sizes will vary greatly from country to country, and also according to any special diet plan you might be following!

Hope this helps!

Deane Peck MS,RD, LDN.

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