UNDERSTANDING PORTION SIZES
For many of us, working out how much food and drink to consume during the day can be a challenge, not least deciding what to give our kids too!
Whilst we may have a clear idea of what foods we want our families to eat, how much they should eat and drink in order to have a healthy, balanced diet is often less clear.
To help you, we’ve gathered some helpful expert resources on portion sizes, as well as teamed up with the British Nutrition Foundation and Paediatric Nutritionist Ana-Kristina Skrapac to get their top tips on how to make sure your families are not only getting the right food, but just as importantly the right portion sizes each day.
Getting the right portion sizes for you
We’re all individuals with different needs.
For healthy adults the types of different foods and drinks we need are pretty much the same for all of us. But, the amount of food we need varies from person to person (80).
Here’s a handy guide from the British Nutrition Foundation, detailing each day what an adult can aim to eat from each of the food groups.
Additional resources from the British Nutrition Foundation are available below including a new blog with a helpful guide to portion sizes using your hands or a spoon, as well as a new quiz on adults portion sizes to help you get the right balance for you.
Test out your knowledge on portion sizes
Portion sizes for adults – quiz
Think you know the right portion size for you? Test your knowledge with this quiz from the British Nutrition Foundation.
Portion sizes for children – quiz
Want to test what you’ve learnt about portion size for kids? Take our quiz!
Other helpful resources
The British Nutrition Foundation
The British Nutrition Foundation provides helpful resources such as:
What does a balanced diet look like for your kids?
Watch our video with the British Nutrition Foundation with some top tips on what a balanced diet looks like throughout the day for your child.
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
This everyday portion planner by Love Food Hate Waste Scotland provides guidance on how much food you need per person and meal.
We hope our expert advice and resources help to take out some of the guess work when it comes to mealtimes!
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