Understanding portion sizes

For many of us, working out how much food and drink to give our kids can at times feel a bit like a guessing game. 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 balanced diet is often less clear. 

To help you, Making Sense of Sugar has gathered some helpful expert resources on portion sizes, as well as teaming up with The British Nutrition Foundation and Paediatric Nutritionist Ana-Kristina Skrapac to get their top blog tips on how to make sure your families are not only getting the right food, but just as importantly the right amount of drinks each day.

Expert advice: Blogs

If you want some helpful tips on portion size, read the blogs from our experts below:

Helena Gibson-Moore, Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation

Top Tips on Portion Size

Helena Gibson-Moore, Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation shares her top tips on portion size for children. Read the blog

Portion Size: How much should you give you children?

 Read how the Eatwell Guide includes advice on the types and proportions of foods that should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. Read the blog


Ana-Kristina Skrapac, Paediatric Nutritionist  

How much is enough for my child?

 Many parents have concerns about how much their children are eating and how to manage appetites, see  Ana-Kristina Skrapac’s useful advice on teaching kids when they’re full. Read the blog

Managing how much your kids eat and drink

Check out this handy infographic from Ana-Kristina Skrapac with some top tips on how much to give your children through-out the day. Read the blog

Portion Sizes for Children

Paediatric nutritionist Ana-Kristina Skrapac shares guidance on how much of each food group you should give your child. Read the blog


Test out your knowledge on portion sizes 

Portion sizes 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

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.




Everyday portion planner

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! Catch the latest from us on Twitter @senseofsugar and don’t forget to check back as we add new tips and resources to our page