Eat Your Fruits & Veggies!
In general, to get enough fruits and veggies, the AAP recommends that you follow the MyPlate recommendations and make half your kid’s plate fruits and vegetables.
We provided guidelines on what your little ones should eat according to the AAP (depending on their activity level)
- 1 cup of fruit when they are 2-3 years old
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fruit when they are 4-8 years old
- 1 1/2 cups of fruit when they are 9-13 years old
- 1 1/2 cups (girls) to 2 cups (boys) of fruit when they are 14-18 years old
Fruits like berries, melons, and grapefruits contain the least amount of sugar and are a great addition to any meal or replacement for dessert.
Recommendations from the AAP for eating vegetables are similar, and include that kids should eat:
- 1 cup of vegetables when they are 2-3 years old
- 1 1/2 cups of vegetables when they are 4-8 years old
- 2 cups (girls) to 2 1/2 cups (boys) of vegetables when they are 9-13 years old
- 2 1/2 cups (girls) to 3 cups (boys) of vegetables when they are 14-18 years old
It’s important that kids eat a variety of types of vegetables each week, including dark green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables, like celery and cucumbers.
Find your local farmers market, and stock your fridge with all of your favorite fruit and veggie finds today!