Healthy eating habits start with your baby’s first foods. Learn more about how to give your child the best start through healthy food choices.
Myth: Children hate vegetables.
FACT: Children actually love veggies, fruits, and other healthy foods if they're served regularly. With one in three California children ages 2 to 5 being overweight or obese, it's important to give your child a healthy start to life by making nutritious foods available to them all day long. Plus, healthy food is brain food.
So, what does a healthy plate look like?
Divide your plate into three sections. Fill half of the plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter of it with lean protein and the last quarter with whole-grain carbohydrates. Keep meat portions small, about the size of the back of your child's fist.
Try these healthy options for hungry kids:
Baked cubes of sweet potatoes
Steamed red and green pepper strips
Roasted carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower
Freshly washed blueberries
Canned peaches or pears in water (Avoid fruit packed in juice or syrup)
Extra-lean and lean ground beef, turkey, chicken
Mashed chickpeas and hummus
Black, pinto, and kidney beans
Peanut butter, almond butter, mixed nuts (Check with your doctor about possible food allergies before introducing these.)
Whole-wheat pasta tortillas
Multigrain breads, whole-wheat crackers
Barely and brown rice
Reduced-fat (2%) and low-fat (1%) milk (From age 1 to 2, offer your child whole milk. After that, switch to reduced-fat milk)
Calcium-fortified soy milk Reduced-fat yogurt
Healthy body, healthy brain! Get the facts with this informative guide.