If you work in pediatrics and meet with parents/caregivers who ask you:

  • What exactly do I feed my child?
  • What food has proteins? Fats? Fibre? Carbs?
  • Can you give me a meal plan for my child? 
  •  Do you have examples of snacks and/or meals that are healthy for children?
  • How much of x,y,z does my child need a day?
  • How many snacks should my child have a day?

This handout is for you!

The building balanced meals & snacks templates provide a simple, easy-to-understand visual guide for parents to learn how to put together balanced meals and snacks for their children. It is flexible and designed to work for a variety of dietary needs and food preferences. This handout is created using an intuitive eating approach and aligns with the division of responsibility of feeding.

This handout includes:

✅ 1 summary sheet – outlining what is a balanced meal, what is a balanced snack, what beverages are recommended  for kids, fun foods and the division of responsibility of feeding

✅ 2 meal & snack planning visual guides – outlining what to include in a meal & why, with practical examples

I use this guide at least once a week in my pediatric nutrition practice so it naturally had to be the first handout in my store! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Terms and Conditions

This document is to be used as a tool in nutrition counselling or nutrition groups. The content is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Users are encouraged to advise their clients to always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner for questions about their health or nutritional requirements. The author is not responsible for errors, omissions or individual usage. All materials are protected under copyright and are only intended for use by the sole individual or entity who purchased the resource.

License: You may not share, sell or distribute these files to others. Printed files are permitted for use with clients in individual or group sessions only. By purchasing and using this file, you agree to include copyright information on all pages. You may not remove copyright information.

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© 2022 Happy Bellies Nutrition. Happy Bellies Nutrition: maintains all rights to the designs and files.


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  • Excellent handouts

    High quality handouts with excellent educational content to share. Great value! Highly recommend.

  • Great information

    Easy to use with the illustrations. I like the added Ellyn Satter information.

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