Basic Food Guide


To ensure that the child receives adequate amounts of nutrients to promote growth and weight gain, the Basic Food Guide has been established to serve as a simple food selection guide. Follow the chart below and include in the daily diet the recommended number of servings from each of the four groups. If the child is smaller than normal for chronological age, the nutrient requirements should be based on height rather than age.

 

Food Group                                                     Servings Size for Age/Height 

 

1-2 years

2-3 years

3-6 years

6-12 years

 

29"-39"

34"-37"

37"-45"

45"-47"

 

in height

in height

in height

in height

Milk Group

 

 

 

 

Include 3-4 servings daily of:

 

 

 

 

   Milk

1/2 c.

1/2-3/4 c.

3/4 c.

3/4-1c.

   Cottage Cheese

1/4-1/2 c.

1/2 c.

1 c.

1 c.

   Cheddar or American Cheese

1 oz.

1 oz.

1 oz.

1 1/2c.

   Yogurt

1/4 c.

1/4 c.

1/4 c.

3/4 c.

   Ice Cream

1/2 c.

3/4 c.

1 c.

1 c.

   Pudding

1/2 c.

3/4 c.

3/4 c.

1 c.

 

 

 

 

 

Meat Group

 

 

 

 

Include 2 more servings daily of:

 

 

 

 

Meat, fish, poultry

1 oz.

1-2 oz.

1 1/2 -2 oz.

2 oz.

Eggs (limit to 3 per week)

1

1

1

1

Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp.

1-2 Tbsp.

3 Tbsp.

4 Tbsp.

Cheese

1 oz.

1 oz.

1 oz.

2 oz.

Legumes

1/4 c.

1/4 c.

1/2 c.

1 c.

 

 

 

 

 

Bread & Cereal Group

 

 

 

 

Include 4 more servings daily of:

 

 

 

 

   Enriched white or wheat bread or rolls

1/2 piece

1/2 piece

1

1-2 pieces

   Ready-to-eat cereals

1/4 c.

1/3 c.

1/2 c.

1 c.

   Cooked cereals

2 Tbsp.

2 Tbsp.

1/4 c.

3/4 c.

   Pasta, rice

2 Tbsp.

2 Tbsp.

1/4 c.

1/2 c.

   Crackers

3

3

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit & Vegetable Group

 

 

 

 

Include 4 more servings of:

 

 

 

 

   Unsweetened juice

1/4 -1/2 c.

1/2 c.

1/2 c.

1/2 c.

   Citrus fruit, berries, tomato, cabbage

1/4 c.

1/4 c.

1/2 c.

1/2 c.

   Other fruits (fresh or canned)

2 Tbsp.

2 Tbsp.

2-4 Tbsp.

1/2 c.

   Green vegetables

2 Tbsp.

2 Tbsp.

2-4 Tbsp.

1/2 c.

   Other vegetables (potatoes, squash, carrots)

2 Tbsp.

2 Tbsp.

2-4 Tbsp.

1/2 c.