Passionately Working to end Childhood Obesity! Portion control plates for kids help to teach good eating habits that can last a lifetime.

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We understand the difficult task of not only deciding what to feed your kids but also figuring out how much to feed them.

This is why I invented the healthy kid’s portion plate.

It offers numerous benefits: How Much Is Too Much? How Much Is Enough? Hands-on learning. Teach Your Children Healthy Eating Habits.

Simple to use, just fill each space level with the appropriate food, and that’s all!

Measured, labeled sections for each food group

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Snack Girl Called it “A Great Tool For Battling Childhood Obesity: Helpful For The Rest Of Us, Too!”
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Eating healthy is about health and wellness. Feeding your child 3 balanced and nutritionally dense meals along with 1 to 2 snacks daily will set your child up for a lifetime of healthy habits

Most 2 and 3 year old children need to consume about 1000 calorie per day from the basic food groups to meet his needs for growth, energy, and good nutrition.

  • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Cereals, potatoes, rice, flour products

To help parents and childcare providers make smart food choices, portion size matters has designed a hands-on learning plate. The kid’s portion plate has five individualized sections representing the appropriate portion for the different food groups, is a reminder of what — and how much — we should be putting on the children’s plates for them to stay healthy.

How the Portion Size Matters plate works

The portion size matters plate has sections for vegetables, fruits, grains, and foods that are high in protein, as well as dairy and fats. Each section is the appropriate size so you can see at a glance and how much food to serve.


Young children can be picky eaters so it is more than just a healthy recipe. Asserting their independence through eating, or not eating, what they’re offered should not be alarming to you. Food preferences develop at an early age, even in infancy.

So it’s easier to serve foods you know they will like and actually eat, without all of the meltdowns and frowns. But what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best.

Parents and child care providers have a powerful opportunity to teach children’s taste buds to appreciate wholesome foods — before they can learn differently. With a little patience, even the fussiest young diners can learn to like healthy foods.

  • Allowing children to feed new foods to themselves creates interest and fun.
  • Allow children to play with and learn the texture, smell and color of the new food that is being introduced.
  • Offer finger foods (i.e., pieces of diced meats and cheeses, fresh fruits, cooked vegetables and raw vegetables (carrots and celery Must be cooked).
  • Provide a variety of foods and leave the choices to your child, eventually they will consume a balanced diet on their own. Don’t be alarmed if your toddler doesn’t eat daily from the basic food groups. Many toddlers resist eating certain foods, or for long periods insist on eating only one or two favorite foods. The more you struggle with your child over his eating preferences, the more determined he’ll be to defy you. Children are more inclined to try new foods if they are somewhat familiar them.
  • Chose to introduce a new food when it is convenient for you. When you have time to sit and play with your child and eat what you are asking your child to eat.


good foods

Everything we choose to put into our children’s mouths should serve a healthy purpose. Functional food choices should be a part of the daily diet. Functional foods contain chemicals produced only by plants. The chemicals are known as antioxidants. Antioxidants help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers, even in the youngest of bodies. Research indicates that the earlier a caregiver starts introducing these foods to the taste buds of young children the better the outcome. Portion Size Matters can help make trying new foods fun while using the colorful portion plates for kids. Gary Williamson, professor of ‘functional foods’ at Leeds University identifies 20 different types of functional foods, and he recommends that we should all make them part of our diets daily. The two recommendations I havev are to serve fruits and vegitables at every meal and snack, and to introduce one new food per week at every meal and snack. Read more.

HEALTHY EATING:Tips for kids, parents and childcare providers


Meals don’t need to be elaborate to be nutritious. If you have only a few minutes to prepare a meal, try 1/2 turkey sandwich, a serving of green beans, apple slices, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk. A simple lunch or dinner like this takes less time to prepare than driving through a fast-food restaurant, and you will be introducing a healthy eating plan. What does it mean for a child to eat healthy? For your child to be eating healthy he/she should be eating at least one serving of food from each of the four basic food groups at meals and should be eating one or two snacks daily. This is what a Healthy eating plan looks like.

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