Of course, the preschool nutrition pyramid will not be complete without fruits. Don’t worry; your options when it comes to fruits are not confined to the fresh kind.
According to experts, the fruits you give to your preschooler can also be dried, frozen, or canned. In fact, 100% fresh fruit juices also count. As for preparation, your kids can eat the fruits as they are or include them in salads, shakes, or puree.
Preschoolers need about 2 servings of fruits daily. 1 serving is usually equivalent to ½ cup or 1 piece of small fruit.
However, for fruit juice, The American Pediatric Society recommends no more than 4 ounces (118 ml) of fresh fruit juice for kids aged 1-3; 4-6-year old kids can have as much as 6 ounces (177 ml).
Dairy or milk products are crucial for healthy bones; hence, parents must not forget including them during meal planning.
Preschoolers need about 2 to 3 glasses of milk per day. Please focus on healthy sources with high calcium and low-fat or fat-free products. Examples of healthy choices are:
- Unsweetened milk
The preschool nutrition pyramid will not be complete without meat, as they are a good protein source. Focus on low-fat and lean meat, fish, and poultry.
Preschoolers need about 2 to 3 servings per day; 1 serving is equivalent to 1 egg or 1.5 to 2 ounces (42 to 56 grams) of meat, fish, and poultry.
Also, please note that some nuts and seeds are good protein sources.