This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.
|Food Group||Number of Servings||Examples|
|Fats and oils||3-4 teaspoons per day||Oil, nuts, olives, avocados, butter, mayonnaise, gravy, fatty meat (bacon, sausages, ribs, pastrami, salami), salad dressing|
|Lean meat, fish and dairy||Nonfat and low-fat dairy:
2-3 cups per day
Lean meat and fish:
2-3 ounces per day
|Nonfat and low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and soy products, beans, and skinless chicken or turkey, lean meat, and fish. Baked, grilled, or broiled, not fried.|
|Fruits and vegetables||Fruits:
2-4 per day (1-1/2 cups)
3-5 per day (1-1/2 cups)
|Apples, bananas, pears, melon, strawberries, grapes, cherries, oranges, tangerines, carrots, celery, broccoli, green beans, peas, lettuce, tomatoes|
|Bread, cereal, rice, and pasta||6-11 per day
6 ounces total. 1 ounce equals 1 slice of bread, 1 cup dry cereal or 1/2 cup rice, pasta, or cereal.
|Whole grain bread, cereal (vitamin fortified), rice, crackers, tortillas, pretzels, pasta, granola bars|
Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Choose My Plate website, with tools for children.
Provide a safe environment for your child:
Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.