Food Portion Recommendations For Children

Meat Groups ~ 2 servings per day

  • Meat/hamburger ~ 2 to 3 ounces cooked
  • Chicken Nuggets ~ 3 to 4 pieces
  • * Peanut butter ~ 2 tablespoons
  • * Eggs ~ 1 serving
  • * Beans ~ 1/2 cup

** Milk Group ~ 2 servings per day

 

  • 1 cup of milk
  • American cheese ~ 2 slices
  • Yogurt ~ 1 cup
  • Frozen yogurt/ice cream ~ 1/2 cup
  • * Pudding ~ 1/2 cup

Fruit Group ~ 2 servings per day

 

  • Cantaloupe ~ 1/4 medium
  • Applesauce ~ 1/2 cup
  • Banana ~ 1 medium
  • Juice ~ 3/4 cup
  • Peaches ~ 1/2 cup

Vegetable Group ~ 3 servings per day

 

  • Green beans ~ 1/2 cup
  • Cooked baby carrots ~ 7 to 8
  • Lettuce ~ 1 cup
  • Sweet potato ~ 1/2 cup
  • Peas ~ 1/2 cup

This is just an EXAMPLE, and should NOT take the place of recommended food portions advised by your doctor or healthcare provider!

* – This suggestion portion size satisfies only 1/2 a serving in its group.

** – Two and Three year olds should have TWO full portions of the milk group.


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