MyPlate for Children -

MyPlate for Children

Children Card 10


MN WIC Program

  1. Feeding Your One Year Old
  2. Feeding Your 1 ½-Year Old
  3. Feeding Your 2-Year Old
  4. Feeding Your 3-Year Old
  5. Feeding Your 4--Year Old
  6. Beverages
  7. How Do I Get My Child to Eat?
  8. MyPlate for Children
  9. Healthy Weight
  10. Helping Your Child Grow
  11. Get Moving - Activity for 1 to 2-Year Olds
  12. Keep Moving - Activity for 3 to 5-Year-Olds

Grains......................................3 - 5 ounces a day
Make half your grains whole. Look for whole-grain cereals and breads. Make sure the first word in the ingredient list is "whole".

Vegetables..............................1 - 1½ cups a day
Vary your veggies. Color your plate with all kinds of great tasting veggies. Try dark green and orange vegetables!

Fruits.......................................1 - 1½ cups a day
Focus on fruits. Fruits are nature’s treats – sweet and delicious. Go easy on juice and make sure it’s 100%. Limit juice to 4 ounces a day.

Milk.........................................2 cups a day
Get your calcium. Calcium builds strong bones. For children 2 and older: choose low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk, yogurt or cheese.

Meats and Beans..................2 - 4 ounces a day
Go lean with protein. Eat lean or low-fat meat, chicken, turkey, and fish. Baked, broiled, or grilled is best.

Oils...........................................small amounts
Get your oils from fish and liquid oils such as canola, olive, corn, and soybean oils.

Physical Activity....................60 minutes a day
Find your balance between food and fun. Aim for 60 minutes. Move more. Play, run, walk – it all counts.

Adapted from USDA MyPyramid for Kids. Go to www.choosemyplate.gov for specific food and activity recommendations for your child.


Sample Menu*

Breakfast
½ cup whole grain cereal
½ cup milk
½ small banana

Snack
2-3 graham cracker squares
½ 100% juice

Lunch
½ turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread
¼ - ½ cup cooked green beans
1 small orange
½ cup milk

Snack
½ cup yogurt
½ cup apple slices or diced peaches

Supper
2 ounces chicken
¼ - ½ cup cooked or raw carrots
¼ - ½ cup cooked broccoli ¼ - ½ cup plain noodles ½ cup milk

Snack
½ cup milk
1 slice toast

*Offer water between meals and snacks.