Why Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is about health and wellness. Feeding your child 3 balanced and nutritionally dense meals along with 1 to 2 snacks daily will set your child up for a life time of healthy habits.

Your toddler needs about 1,000 calories a day from the basic food groups to meet his needs for growth, energy, and good nutrition.
1. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs
2. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products
3. Fruits and vegetables
4. Cereals, potatoes, rice, flour products

To help parents and childcare providers make smart food choices, portion size matters has designed a hands-on learning plate. The kid’s portion plate has five individualized sections representing the appropriate portion for the different food groups, is a reminder of what — and how much — we should be putting on the children’s plates for them to stay healthy.

How the Portion Size Matters plate works

The portion size matters plate has sections for vegetables, fruits, grains, and foods that are high in protein, as well as dairy and fats. Each section is the appropriate size so you can see at a glance how much of these foods to eat.



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