By GalTime Nutritionist Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN
Question: My daughter eats a variety of foods and has a well-balanced diet. But I feel like she gets the majority of her nutrition in the second half of the day. I'm considering changing to 6 smaller meals as opposed to 3 meals with 2 snacks. I'd be interested in hearing how you manage mealtime so I can find a schedule that works for us. Thanks!
Answer: While there's no secret formula for how often a child should eat, a good rule of thumb is to pre-plan all meals and snacks throughout the day; this helps your child avoid a free-for-all when it comes to food.
This can not only help you and your child connect by sharing a meal or snack time, but can provide your child with several opportunities to work in a variety of healthful foods and beverages-including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy (including milk and yogurt), lean meats and beans (including nuts and seeds, poultry, eggs, and fish.)
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