The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the number of ‘standard serves’ we should consume from the five core food groups each day, for a nutritious and balanced diet.
The recommended intakes are an average to aim for each day. While it is normal to eat more of some foods on some days, and less on other days, what matters most is that children eat as close to these amounts as possible. This will ensure they’re getting an adequate amount of energy and nutrients in your overall diet.
Recommended average number of standard serves per day
|Toddlers||Vegetables and legumes||Fruit||Grains (cereal)||Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans||Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives||Allowance for additional serves from any food group|
|Girls and boys 1-2 years||2-3||0.5||4||1||1-1.5||0|
|Girls and boys 2-3 years||2.5||1||4||1||1.5||0-1|
|Girls 4-8 years||4.5||1.5||4||1.5||1.5||0-1|
|Boys 4-8 years||4.5||1.5||4||1.5||2||0-2.5|
Daily allowance for additional unsaturated fats from spreads, oils, nuts or seeds.
The key to a balanced diet is to enjoy a variety of foods from the five core good groups, and to limit the intake of foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.
|Age||Daily allowance for additional unsaturated fats|
(Nut pastes are recommended instead of whole nuts and seeds because of the potential choking risk)