Your Toddler's food group guide

Toddler (12+ months)
By Gerber
Toddler FoodsToddler Foods

Food Groups

Serving Size Examples Total Daily Goals:
Milk ½ - ⅔ cup milk or yogurt
1 slice American cheese
16 fl. oz.
Vegetables ¼ cup soft, peeled and cooked, mashed or cut to bite-size pieces ¾ cup
(Limit juice to 4 fl. oz. of 100% juice, only once a day)
¼ cup soft peeled, mashed or chopped fruit; 4 fl. oz. 100% fruit juice 1 cup
Meat/Beans 1-3 tablespoons cooked; mashed or easy-to-chew chopped meat, beans or eggs 1½ oz.
(Choose whole grains whenever you can)
¼ cup cereal, rice or pasta or ½ slice bread, ½ cup hot cereal 2 oz. equivalent
Fats/Oils ½-1 tablespoon dressing, cooking oil or soft margarine 2 tablespoons

Milk, Yogurt & Cheese

  • Recommended amount per day: 2 cups
  • Single serving: ½ to ⅔ cup
  • Ideas: Whole milk, reduced fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, slice of American, Swiss or other cheese


  • Recommended amount per day: ¾ cup
  • Single serving: ¼ cup
  • Serving suggestion: Soft, peeled and cooked; chopped or mashed
  • Ideas: Green beans, peas, spinach, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes


  • Recommended amount per day: 1 cup
  • Single serving: ¼ cup fruit or ½ cup 100% fruit juice
  • Serving suggestion: Soft, peeled fruit; chopped or mashed; 100% squeezable fruit pouches or strips
  • Ideas: Peaches, bananas, blueberries, melon, kiwi, 100% fruit juices

Meats, Poultry, Fish, Eggs & Beans

  • Recommended amount per day: 1½ ounces (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Single serving: 1-3 tablespoons
  • Serving suggestion: Cooked, mashed, cut up into small pieces
  • Ideas: Ground beef or turkey, tender cooked meat or chicken, scrambled eggs, all types of cooked, soft beans, tofu, fish fillet


  • Recommended amount per day: 2 oz and offering whole grains when possible
  • Single serving: ¼ cup Toddler cereal, rice or pasta; ½ slice of bread, toddler snacks or cookies
  • Ideas: Whole grain breakfast cereal (1/4 cup = ½ oz), whole-grain soft bagel or English muffin (¼ of 3-inch piece), toast, bite-sized pasta, brown rice

Fats & Oils

  • Recommended amount per day: 2 tablespoons
  • Single serving: ½ to 1 tablespoon
  • Ideas: Dressing such as Ranch, avocado, cooking oil or soft margarine