Food Pyramid for Children

A children's food pyramid emphasises that all of the food groups are important parts of nutrition. A children's food pyramid also encourages exercise as part of healthy daily habits. Children should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.


At least half of the grains a child eats should be whole grains. The amount of grain recommended for children varies by age. For instance, children ages 4-8 should eat 113-142gr of grains per day


Children should eat vegetables that represent several colours (dark green, orange, etc). This rainbow style of eating ensures that children get proper nutrients. Children ages 4-8 should eat 1½ cups of vegetables per day.


Children should eat mostly raw fruits, as they have the greatest nutritional value. The recommended amounts vary based on age. A child ages 4-8 should have 1½ cups of fruit per day


Healthy fats found in oils help the body absorb nutrients. Although oils are also important to a child's body, they are needed only in small doses. The food pyramid doesn't specify a quantity of oils needed.


Dairy is an essential source of nutrients, including vitamin A and calcium. It provides nutrients needed for strong bones and healthy skin and hair. Dairy includes milk, cheese and yoghurt. Children ages 4-8 should consume 2 cups of dairy each day.

Meat, Fish, Beans and Nuts

Meat, fish, beans and nuts are sources of protein and vitamin B complex. These are needed for strong muscle growth, teeth development and more. Children ages 4-8 should eat 964gr of meat, fish, beans or nuts each day.

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