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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

A preschooler-sized food pyramid



Stressed by your toddler's eating habits? Can't imagine the little one is surviving on what he eats? Certain he's destined for an adult bad diet because he's not eating enough of the right foods now?

Preschoolerwebsitelogo There's help! My Pyramid for Preschoolers is a new nutritional Web tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed for children ages 2 to 5. The program lets you build a food pyramid specific to your child's age, gender and level of physical activity, helping you balance the food groups and the portions,  and offering advice on making new choices attractive to your picky person.

For example, I entered my 3-year-old daughter, who is active probably 30-60 minutes a day. The recommendation is a 1,200-calorie diet of: 4 ounces of grains, 1.5 cups of vegetables, 1 cup of fruits, 2 cups of milk and 3 ounces of meat and beans. This is a general guide not meant to be enforced exactly, as the site recognizes the varying factors in children.

But from there you can get menu plans, snack ideas, tips for picky eaters and much, much more. It's a veritable playground for the frustrated parent.

And for those of us who constantly barter with a picky eater, or the under-eater, there's a section called, "Phrases that HELP and HINDER."  Not surprisingly, I see too many of my go-to lines in the HINDER section.

Check it out and share your stories with us.

-- Amy Hollyfield

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:57am]


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