Blog: A Framework for creating balanced meals

Apr 02, 2024

A Framework for creating balanced meals

ABC method – an easy-to-remember framework to create nutritious and appealing meals that entice even the fussiest eaters. (by the pediatric dietitian mom, Kristen Smaldone)

The 'A' stands for appealing, 'B' for balanced, and 'C' for convenient. This method ensures that meals are not only nutrient-rich but also appealing to children's palates.

A – Appealing. Include a variety of colors, different fun shapes, fun plate or bowl and appropriate portion sizes. For toddlers, 1-2 tablespoons per age per food item to avoid overwhelming the child.

B – Balanced. Include food from all food groups: fruit, vegetables, protein, grain, and dairy.

C- Convenient. Use of frozen or pre-chopped veggies, pre-cooked shredded meat, or canned beans to make meal prep easier.

For a deeper explanation of the ABC method, listen to this podcast:

The journey towards peaceful and nutritious family dinners begins with small, consistent steps, and this episode is an excellent starting point for any parent on this path or clinician who works with families.

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