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ABC’s of Good Nutrition for young children

Good Nutrition: The Results Are Worth It

Proper nutrition begins at the supermarket with the foods you buy and continues at home as you prepare and serve the meals. Giving your child a healthy start with good eating habits promotes his or her lifelong health.

Active Play is Important to Health

Along with proper nutrition, your child needs physical activity for lifelong health. Physical activity not only promotes your child’s appetite, but also helps develop a sense of well-being and confidence in his physical activities. During early childhood, encourage your child to live in an active life.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Youngsters often copy food habits, likes and dislikes. When you make wise food choices, your actions speak louder than words.

The ABC’s of Good Nutrition

A variety of foods provides the nutrients that young children need to build strong bodies and stay healthy. Food also supplies the energy that children need to grow normally, play, learn and explore the world around them.

Eating Right: The Pyramid Way

The Food Guide Pyramid is a practical eating guide that emphasizes food from five major food groups. The Food Guide Pyramid shows the variety of foods within each food group and the number of servings that are right for your child. Most children—over two years—need the minimum number of servings from each food group.

How Do I Know If My Child Is Eating Enough?

Children eat when they are hungry and usually stop when they are full. A child who is growing well is getting enough to eat. Make sure no food group is completely left out. If this happens for a few days, don’t worry. But prolonged neglect of a food group could keep your child from getting enough nutrients. Encourage your child to be adventurous and eat a variety of foods.

Snacks Count, Too

Snacks make up an important part of childhood nutrition. Three meals and two or three healthful snacks a day help youngsters meet their daily nutrition needs. To make the most of snacks, parents and caregivers should control the type of snack and time it is served.

  • Type. Offer a variety of food-group snacks. Choose mostly snack foods that supply enough nutrients to justify their energy, or calories. Picking snack foods from the five food groups of the Food Guide Pyramid is the best way to do this.
  • Timing. Plan snacks. Schedule snacks around normal daily events, and space them at least two hours before meals.

Quick and Smart Snack Food Ideas

For more nutrition, mix and match snacks from more than one food group:

  • Fresh, frozen (banana, strawberries, orange sections…) or canned fruit or fruit juice
  • Raw vegetables (baby carrots, cucumber slices…)
  • Vegetable soup
  • Graham, animal crackers or fig bars, pretzels
  • Low-fat yogurt or string cheese
  • Turkey or meat cubes
  • Hard-cooked egg

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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