Nutritional Requirements for Kids
The MyPlate logo simplifies portions for meals by using a divided plate and not a pyramid with stripes. This way, it’s easier to tell what to serve throughout the day.
Half the plate are fruits and vegetables (a little more vegetables) so this means that half of what you eat in a day should be fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to eat every food group for each meal, but the idea is to eat those amounts every day.
- Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables
- Half of the total grains should be whole grains
- Protein should be lean meats and not lunch meats because they’re high in sodium
- Dairy is shown in a circle (a glass of milk!) Milk that is 1% fat or skim is best, or yogurt or cheese
Serving requirements from healthychildren.org
Fruits: 2-4 servings
Example from healthychildren.org: “A serving may consist of 1/2 cup of sliced fruit, 3/4 cup of fruit juice, or a medium-size whole fruit, like an apple, banana, or pear.”
Example from healthychildren.org: “A serving may consist of 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables, 3/4 cup of vegetable juice, or 1/2 cup of other vegetables, chopped raw or cooked.”
Example from healthychildren.org: “6-11 servings per day. Each serving should equal 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of rice or pasta, or 1 ounce of cereal.”
Meat & Beans:2-3 servings
Example from healthychildren.org: “A serving in this group may also consist of 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, one egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for each ounce of lean meat.”
Example from healthychildren.org: “2-3 servings per day of 1 cup of low-fat milk or yogurt, or 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese.”