It is hard for me to decide exactly what to feed my son each day. First, there is the task of making sure his nutritional needs are met. I have no idea what amounts of fruits, veggies, and grains my son should be eating with each meal. Second, there is the
Which is why I almost jumped for joy when I came across the website for the new Food Guide Pyramid. First of all, the pyramid is completely revised into a better model of daily food portions and exercise (see above picture). It gives you the opportunity to customize your pyramid to your lifestyle, because in their words: "One size doesn't fit all."
But that's not what I'm excited about. The US Department of Agriculture has also designed a Pyramid especially for Preschoolers!
The pyramid was made to be customizable for children ages 2-5. It gives you your child's recommended servings from each food group based on his/her age and activity level. The plan also gives you the options to:
- Complete a growth chart for your child and learn about normal development.
- Help your child learn about healthy eating habits.
- Find advice about picky eaters. (Ding, ding, ding!)
- Learn how to add physical activity into your child's day.
- Learn the safety rules.
I've already printed off Monkey's customized Pyramid and it is waiting on the fridge, ready for me to use it. :)
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