How much does my child need to eat?
School-aged children have a consistent but slow rate of growth, and usually eat four to five times a day, including snacks. A healthful after-school snack, in particular, is important, as it may contribute as much as one-third of your child's total calorie intake for the day.
Children this age can help your with meal planning and preparation.
What are some healthy after-school snacks?
- vegetables and dip
- a sandwich
- cheese and crackers
- whole-grain cereal and milk
What if my child has limited time for breakfast?
It's possible to have a fast, healthful and nutritious breakfast. Consider:
- a whole-grain bagel
- cheese toast
- whole-grain cereal
- peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread
What does the USDA suggest for my pre-school aged child?
The USDA has recently revised its eating guidelines; the new focus is on variety, moderation, proportion size and gradual improvement in eating habits. The USDA's "My Pyramid" plan can be personalized based on your child's age, gender and activity level. Based on information you provide, "My Pyramid" recommends appropriate calories as well as fruit, vegetables, grain, meat/bean, milk and oil servings per day to ensure that your child gets adequate nutrition.
More information can be found at Mypyramid.gov.