Kids’ Food Pyramid: Healthier Choices for Eating Right

Choosing Healthier Foods for Kids

Do you know about the food guidance system called MyPyramid for Kids? It’s a great resource that can help kids see how to make healthier choices for eating right, getting exercise and having fun.

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MyPyramid for Kids can help youngsters learn how to include a variety of foods from each of the food groups every day. Follow the information below and have kids enjoy a rainbow of colors at every meal each day to meet their body’s needs.

Grains (Breads, Cereal, Couscous, Oatmeal, Pasta, Rice, Tortillas)

  • Start smart with a breakfast of cereal made with whole grain. 
  • Eat more whole grains.
  • Grains provide carbohydrates for energy to keep kids running and playing hard.

Vegetables (Asparagus, Carrots, Corn, Broccoli, Green Beans, Peas, Squash, Tomatoes)

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

Fruits (Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Raisins, Strawberries)

  • Focus on eating nature’s treats every day. 
  • Fruits are sweet and delicious and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Fruits help keep tissues healthy and provide kids with energy.

Dairy (Cheese, Milk, Yogurt)

  • Serve 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.

Meat & Beans (Beans, Beef, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, Nuts, Pork, Tofu)

  • Go lean with 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.

Fats, Oils and Sweets (Butter, Margarine, Oil; Candy, Treats)

  • Go easy on fats, oils and sweets. 
  • Choose these on occasion, but limit how much and how often kids eat them.
  • These extras have lots of calories and fewer nutrients than foods in other food groups. 

Try These Recipes

Cereal Muffins  Baby Peas  Fruit Salsa  Banana Smoothie  BBQ Chicken Pizza 

Cereal Apple-
Cran Muffins 

Baby Peas with
Bacon & Almond 

Gingered Fruit

Key Lime
Banana Smoothie

Barbecued Chicken

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