- I don't have to try and remember what food groups he still needs to eat from that day.
- When we are out of a certain food, I can just remove that magnet.
- Since each food has a shape associated with it he can see for himself what kind of foods he can eat instead of constantly asking for something he can't have.
- When he asks my husband to make him something to eat, Shelby can look at the chart and see if it is okay instead of having to ask me if Jer has already had some.
Of course, I am not a nutritionist so I can't guarantee that the accuracy of the serving sizes and all of that but it is at least a good guideline. I don't want him to over eat so I'm not really worried about him eating the entire portion size. I'm more concerned about getting him to eat a larger variety of foods so we try to make sure that at least one box is checked off in each category.
Oh, and the serving sizes for both dairy and protein were twice the size of what he would normally eat. So instead of having two servings of dairy at 1 cup each, I listed four servings at 1/2 cup each.
Alright, I don't think I have any more disclaimers to add. If you would like to print out my version you can download it as a Word Doc or PDF File. (This is my first time using that file sharing program so let me know if you have any troubles with the download.) Or you can make your own using the foods that your child likes and the portions appropriate for their age and gender.