How Many Fruit & Vegetables Should Your Toddler or Preschooler Be Eating?

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Whenever I talk to other Moms about their Toddler or Preschooler’s eating habits we’re pretty much all concerned. It seems like the number one complaint I hear is that they never seem to eat anything at all!

Now, obviously this is not the case, they’re eating but I’ll be honest and say it isn’t always exactly what I want him to eat and sometimes getting him to eat fruits and vegetables is a struggle. He goes through stages, sometimes he loves them and sometimes he turns his nose up at them.

In order to make sure he eats his fruits and vegetables I make sure to give them as an option at every single meal. But how much are they suppose to eat for the whole day?

If your child is between 2 & 3 they need about 1 cup of fruit per day and 1 cup of vegetables per day

This is an example of 1/2 a cup of apples sliced and 1/2 cup carrots

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Once your child reaches the age of 4 it increases to 1.5 cups of fruit and 1.5 cups vegetables per day.

All in one sitting this would seem like a lot but when you split it up between 2 snacks and 3 meals a day it becomes more manageable. Another important aspect of offering fruits and vegetables to your children is making sure they eat the rainbow. What does this mean?

Make sure you offer them fruits and vegetables of all colors, blue, red, green, orange and yellow and even purple!

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Even when offering a fruit or vegetable at every eating time I can’t always get Mason to eat it so we do make sure that we supplement with a multi-vitamin. Our multi-vitamin of choice is L’il Critters.

Mason loves his L’il Critters so much so that I have to watch him very carefully or he would eat way more than he was allowed too! First thing in the morning Mason asks for his vitamins!

They’re a great way to supplement what you’re little one doesn’t get while eating their fruits and veggies, cause let’s face it, they don’t always get the recommended

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