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A Healthier Plate at Meal Time

It's all about variety and portion size.
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Getting kids to try new foods isn't always easy, right? Here's a cool tool from the USDA that can help: MyPlate shows kids how to choose foods from different food groups through easy-to-use, color-coded pictures. So let your kids get colorfully creative when choosing their meals – and have some fun while they’re at it. Download and print MyPlate, and keep it handy at the table -- even use it as a placemat -- and help kids learn to make better choices.

Download MyPlate now!

More info at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

glass of orange juice, an orange cut in half with one half on a juicer and some oranges in the background

A Rainbow of Healthy Food Choices for Kids

Fruits

Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Raisins, Strawberries

  • Focus on eating fruit every day.
  • Fruits are sweet and delicious and give you vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Fruits help keep tissues healthy and give kids energy.

Plate of whole grain bread

Grains

Breads, Cereal, Couscous, Oatmeal, Pasta, Rice, Tortillas

  • Start the day with a breakfast of cereal made with whole grain.
  • Make sure half of the grains every day are whole grains.
  • Grains provide carbohydrates for energy to keep kids running and playing hard.

glass plate with asparagus on it

Vegetables

Asparagus, Carrots, Corn, Broccoli, Green Beans, Peas, Squash, Tomatoes

  • Add color to meals with great-tasting veggies that are green and orange.
  • Vegetables give you vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • They help you to see and taste, and keep tummies moving along.

a beef roast being carved

Protein

Beans, Beef, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, Nuts, Pork, Tofu

  • Stick with lean protein.
  • Choose beans and low-fat versions of protein that are baked, broiled or grilled, not fried.
  • Meats and beans supply protein and iron to support muscles and help kids grow.

small serving tray with two glasses of smoothies and a small bowl of apple slices

Dairy

Cheese, Milk, Yogurt

  • Drink plenty of milk at every meal.
  • Be sure milk or yogurt is low fat or fat free.
  • Calcium-rich dairy foods help build strong bones and teeth.



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