Health Tip: Portion Your Child's Plate

Help ensure that the youngster eats healthy

(HealthDay News) -- The old adage that "you are what you eat" applies to kids, too.

To help ensure that your youngster eats healthy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

  • Fruits and veggies should fill half the child's plate. Offer a variety of shapes and colors that make these healthy foods more appealing.
  • Fill one-quarter of the child's plate with protein. Consider different forms that are more appealing to kids, such as a salmon burger instead of a salmon fillet.
  • Fill the remainder of the plate with whole grains. Mix whole grain rice or pasta with white versions that kids may be used to, and gradually substitute more whole grains.
  • Offer water or low-fat milk as a beverage. Avoid sugary drinks.
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