One of the first concepts to understand on the latest food pyramid is that it is not age specific. Its basically used as a general guide. You should follow MyPyramid of children age 2 - 8. Children that are under 2 years of age typically follow the same pyramid but they need more servings of milk and dairy products then what the MyPyramid recommends. Children ages from 1-2 require full fat milk, while the Mypyramid recommends low fat milk for children ages 2-8. The USDA recommends the following;
Grains: Suggested amount is 6 ounces per day. Half of this amount should be whole grains.
Vegetables: Suggested amount two and half cups per day. Naturally your child may eat more or a bit less then the recommended amount.
Fruit: Recommended amount is two and half cups per day. You should try to mix in a different fruits.
Milk: Recommended amount is two cups per day. You can use other dairy products like yogurt and different cheeses. This counts for the recommended milk USDA recommendations
Meat and beans: Recommended amount is 5 ounces per day.
Since the USDA's MyPyramid for kids is for a wide age range, the daily recommendations vary among that age group. The USDA offers a website where you can enter age, gender and the activity level of your child. The website will give you instant feedback on the what foods and the amount of food a child in that age range needs from each of the food groups, the website is www.mypyramid.gov
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