Diet Guidelines For Children & Teens

Food Groups

Servings Per Day

Average Size Of Serving

   

1 year

1-3 years

4-5 years

6-9 years

10-12 years

13-15- years


Milk and Dairy Products

(1.5 oz. cheese=1 cup milk)


4


1/2 cup


1/2-3/4 cup


3/4 cup


3/4-1 cup


1 cup


1 cup


Meat Group 
(Protein foods)

Egg
Lean meat, fish poultry,
or peanut butter


3 or more


1 egg
2 tbsp.


1 egg
2 tbsp.


1 egg
2-3 oz.


1 egg
2-4 oz.


1-2 eggs
3-4 oz.


1-2 or more
4 or more oz.


Fruits and vegetables

Vitamin C source (citrus)
Vitamin A source
(green or yellow fruits and vegetables)
Other vegetables (potato, legumes, etc.)OR
Other fruits (apple, banana etc.)


At least 4, including:
1 or more
1 or more

2


1/3 cup
2 tbsp.


2 tbsp.

1/4 cup


1/2 cup
3 tbsp.


3 tbsp

1/3 cup


1/2 cup
1/4 cup


1/4 cup

1/2 cup


1/2 cup
1/4 cup


1/3 cup

1 medium


1/2 cup
1/3 cup


1/2 cup

1 medium


1/2 cup
1/2 cup


3/4 cup

1 medium


Bread/Cereals 

(whole grain or enriched)
Bread
Ready-to-eat cereals
Cooked cereal (including macaroni, spaghetti, rice, etc.)


At least 4


1/2 slice
1/2 oz.
1/4 cup


1 slice
3/4 oz.
1/2 cup


1 1/2 slice
1 oz.
1/2 cup


1-2 slices
1 oz.
1/2 cup


2 slices
1 oz.
3/4 cup


2 slices
1-1/2 oz.
1 cup or more


Fats and Carbohydrates

Butter, Margarine, mayonnaise,
oils: 1 tbsp=100 calories
servings as follows:
1/3 cup cup pudding or ice cream
2-3 cookies, 1 oz. cake,
1-1/3 oz. pie, 2 tbsp. jelly,
jam, honey, or sugars


To meet caloric needs



1 tbsp.


1 serving



1 tbsp.


1-1/2 servings



1 tbsp.


1-1/2 servings



2 tbsp.


3 servings



2-3 tbsp.


3 servings



2-3 tbsp.


3-6 servings


Calories for a Day

 


±
950


±
1300


±
1600


±
2100


±
2500


±
2700



Adequacy: All above diets are adequate in calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals; however, in young children 1-4 years old, iron content may be marginal or low.

A physician should be consulted if paleness, lethargy, etc., is present.

*Adapted from "Food for Fitness, A Daily Food Guide", Agriculture Research Service, U.S.D.A., and Publication #30, Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Last Editorial Review: 7/28/1999 11:10:00 PM




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