The 5 Food Groups for Kids

The 5 Food Groups for Kids

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A healthy, balanced diet is especially essential for children since their bodies are still growing.

How much do kids need? It’s less than you think.

The number of food kids needs from each group varies with gender and age. This chart gives you a general idea of the amount from each food group that is suggested for a complete, balanced diet. As a general rule, a nutritionally balanced diet should include at least 3 of the 5 food groups at each meal. Snacks should contain two groups. Learn more about the basics of child nutrition, including which vitamins and minerals children need in their daily diet.

The Five Food Groups: Recommended Daily Servings for Children

  1. Grains (oz)  for fiber and energy

    FOOD CHOICES

    1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or 1/2 cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal = 1 ounce

    2 to 3 Years*            3 oz

    4 to 8 Years*           5 oz

    9 to 13 Years*         5 oz (girls)         6 oz (boys)

  2. Vegetables (cup)  for fiber, vitamins and minerals

    FOOD CHOICES

    1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens = 1 cup

    2 to 3 Years*          1 cup

    4 to 8 Years*          1 ½ cups

    9 to 13 Years*        2 cups (girls)              2 ½ cups (boys)

  3. Fruits (cup) for fiber and vitamins

    FOOD CHOICES

    1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit = 1 cup

    2 to 3 Years           1 cup

    4 to 8 Years         1 ½ cups

    9 to 13 Years        1 ½ cups

  4. Milk/Dairy (cup) for calcium, vitamins, and protein

    FOOD CHOICES

    1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1 ½ ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese = 1 cup

    2 to 3 Years    2 cups

    4 to 8 Years    2 ½ cups

    9 to 13 Years   3 cups

  5. Meat/Beans (oz) and fish for protein

    FOOD CHOICES

    1 ounce of meat, poultry, or fish, 1/4 cup cooked dry beans, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or 1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds = 1 ounce

    2 to 3 Years     2 oz

    4 to 8 Years     4 oz

    9 to 13 Years  5 oz

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