The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created dietary guidelines to provide advice on how to give kids a healthy, well-balanced diet. The guidelines advise that kids eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than in the past. The "Choose My Plate" initiative was devised as a food guidance system to ensure that American's are eathing the proper amount of each food group. Click on the plate below to find out more!
Tips for creating healthy eaters:
- Eat a good breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school and have fewer issues with their weight.
- Stock a “treat drawer” or bin in the refrigerator with helathy snacks such as yogurt, carrot sticks, pretzels, cheese, whole-grain crackers and nuts. If healthy snacks are readily available, kids will be more likely to choose them over junk food.
- Allow dessert. Try to choose sweet treats that also pack a nutritional punch like fruit, frozen yogurt and graham crackers, but try to limit to 2 to 3 times a week instead of every day.
- Good choices are available at fast food restaurants. Try select the regular size sandwich and choose whole grain buns, broiled meats, salads with low-fat dressing on the side, fruit parfaits, plain baked potatoes or soup.
- Serve meals without distractions and eat dinner as a family at the table. Turn off TVs, cell phones, computer games and don’t answer the phone during dinner; this is family time.
- Serve milk with meals so your child gets enough calcium and other important vitamins and minerals. Limit juice intake; too much juice may make your child feel full and not hungry for the nutrient-rich foods you are serving at meals.
- Teach your child good eating habits by setting a good example yourself!
Additional sites for all things healthy!
Choose My Plate