MyPlate Kid's Place: Food Guidelines for Children
Getting to Know MyPlate
- Half the plate should be fruits and vegetables
- About a quarter of the plate should be grains, especially whole grains
- The rest should be protein
Before Your Next Shopping Trip…
- Encourage your child to enjoy their food, but to eat portions that are right for their age and activity level.
- Make half of your child's daily intake of grains whole grains.
- Read food labels. Find out how much sodium is in packaged food. Choose lower sodium options.
- Encourage your child to drink water. Leave the sugary drinks behind.
- Provide healthy snacking options throughout the day.
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables into your child's diet.
Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture http://www.choosemyplate.gov
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Canada's Food Guide http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
Dietary guidelines for Americans 2010. US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf. Accessed July 28, 2015.
MyPlate Kid's Place. US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate website. Available at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids. Accessed July 28, 2015.
Nutrition (pediatric preventive care). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 26, 2015. Accessed July 28, 2015.
SuperTracker. SuperTracker—US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx. Accessed July 28, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/15/2013 -