A great resource for you and your family is
choosemyplate.gov from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. Topics include:
Good beverage choices are:
milk (skim or low-fat)
100 percent fruit juice
weight management and calories
daily food plans
sample menus and recipes
tips for vegetarians
how to develop healthful eating habits
Your child will need food from each food group
for a well-rounded food plan.
Never leave a young child
alone while eating. A child
younger than 4 years old is
at risk of choking.
Foods that may cause choking
include: hot dogs (cut
lengthwise into thin strips),
meat chunks, chips, raw
celery, nuts and seeds, raisins,
whole grapes and cherries
(cut into small pieces),
pretzels, large pieces of fruit,
raw carrots, peanut butter
(spread it thin) and round
or hard candy.
Source: U.S. Department
Preschoolers often don't like or refuse to eat vegetables.
Let your child try lots of different vegetables. If you
choose canned vegetables, be sure to choose sodium-free
or reduced sodium brands.
dark green vegetables:
green bananas and plantains
red and orange vegetables:
acorn and butternut squash
beans and peas
black, garbanzo, kidney, navy, pinto, white beans
Your child’s likes and
dislikes will change, it
seems, every day. She may
like chicken one day, but
not the next time. Or, it may
seem she only likes peanut
butter sandwiches and
milk. Keep offering new
foods and choices.
Make half of your family's grains whole grains. Whole
grains contain the entire grain kernel and are high in fiber
Add whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta weekly.
100 percent whole wheat bread, bagels, english muffins
and whole wheat crackers
whole grain corn or wheat tortillas
whole grain pasta
shredded wheat or toasted oat cereal
Include fruits in meals and snacks every day. If you
choose canned fruits, be sure to choose fruits packed in
water or 100 percent fruit juice. Give your child no than
4 to 6 ounces of juice a day.
lemons and limes
nectarines and oranges
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
100 percent fruit juice
Two-to 6-year-old children need two servings from the milk group each day.
Two- to 3-year-old children need the same number of servings as 4- to 5-year-olds, but may need smaller portions.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Only give your child pasteurized milk.
If your child can't tolerate milk, talk with your health care providers.
Your child needs dairy to build strong bones and teeth.
It is important to create a habit of drinking milk every
day. Children younger than 2 years old need whole milk.
Children ages 2 years and older can drink skim or
1 percent milk.
all milks (including chocolate or strawberry)
milk-based desserts (including pudding, frozen yogurt
and ice cream)