We all know how important a balanced diet is for us as adults, but it’s even more so for children. But why? And what do pediatricians recommend for a balanced diet?
Children who are a balanced diet experience so many health benefits like…
Brain Development: Poor nutrition has been shown to restrict brain development and IQ levels in children. It may also cause issues with attention span and behavior.
Growth: Children grow so quickly! And that takes lots of nutrients and energy to do so. A balanced diet helps ensure your child is getting what they need to grow.
Lower Obesity Rates: Obesity affects 1 in 3 children. A balanced diet (along with exercise) helps lower that risk for your child.
Healthy Choices: Children who eat a balanced diet and are encouraged to make healthy choices are more likely to continue to throughout their lifetime.
What is a balanced diet for a preschooler?
Grains: 3 to 5 oz. a day. Preferably half of them as whole grains.
Veggies: 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups a day.
Fruits: 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups a day. Try to limit juices to 100% fruit juice, and only 4 to 6 oz. per day.
Milk – 2 to 2 & 1/2 cups a day.
Protein 2 to 4 oz. a day.
Limits sweets and excessive sodium as well.