Preschooler food group guide

  • Learn how much of each food group your Preschooler needs with our Preschooler food guide.
  • Discover some serving size examples that meet your Preschooler's daily food goals.

Choosing the right foods for your Preschooler

She’s older and has a will of her own, but your Preschooler still needs your help exploring and choosing nutritious foods to put her on the right path to healthy eating habits. You can set a good example by serving a variety of nutritious foods for your Preschooler, as well as for the whole family at meal and snack times.

Of course, your growing Preschooler has specific nutritional needs that differ from those of other family members. Choosing the right foods for your Preschooler means making sure she gets the proper amount of servings from specific food groups that can help her meet these important nutritional needs.

This Preschooler food guide shows proper food group serving sizes that can help meet the nutritional goals of your Preschooler:

Food Groups Serving Size Examples Total Daily Goals:
Milk ½ cup to 1 cup low-fat milk or low-fat plain yogurt;

½ slice of hard cheese
16 fl. oz.
Vegetables cup soft cooked, peeled, diced or cut vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, sweet potato 1 cup

⅓ cup soft peeled, diced or cut fruit like banana, kiwi, peaches 1 cup
Meat/Beans 1-2 tablespoons easy-to-chew cooked, diced or cut meat; 1 scrambled egg; ¼ cup refried beans 2 oz. 
(Choose whole grains whenever you can)
½ cup cooked pasta; 1 slice of bread or whole-grain bread, ½ cup whole-grain brown rice 3 oz. equivalent
Fats/Oils 1 tablespoon dressing, mayonnaise, cooking oil or soft margarine 1 to 2 tablespoons

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