Portion Your Child's Plate

MyPlateThe old adage that “you are what you eat” applies to kids, too.

To help ensure that your youngster eats healthy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

  • Fruits and veggies should fill half the child’s plate. Offer a variety of shapes and colors that make these healthy foods more appealing.
  • Fill one-quarter of the child’s plate with protein. Consider different forms that are more appealing to kids, such as a salmon burger instead of a salmon fillet.
  • Fill the remainder of the plate with whole grains. Mix whole grain rice or pasta with white versions that kids may be used to, and gradually substitute more whole grains.
  • Offer water or low-fat milk as a beverage. Avoid sugary drinks.