Portions that are too big
Large portions overwhelm children, and they’ll either stop after a few bites or end up overeating. “An appropriate serving size for a child is about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of any one food,” says Sophie Trahan, RD. To manage portion sizes, try using a Bento box or several 4-ounce containers. “Using small containers is a great way to provide the correct portion size as well as variety of food,” she says. Here are some genius portion control tricks.
Pushing the fruit pouches
Fruit pouches seem like a convenient way to get a picky eater to eat more fruits and veggies, but not only can they be loaded with sugar and other ingredients, they don’t allow kids to chew their food as they normally would. “In their natural state, fruits provide fiber and a feeling of satiety (or fullness), not to mention an opportunity to develop the muscles important to chewing,” says Trahan. “These benefits are missing in the purees in pouches.” Instead of fruit pouches, provide bite size pieces of fruits that a child can manage with their fingers or a utensil. Here are the healthiest fruits to include in your kid’s lunch.