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Nutrition for All Ages

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Nutrition for All Ages

Being Healthy Starts with What You Eat

It’s common sense—you can’t expect your body to perform at it’s best if you fuel it with low-quality foods. Follow these easy nutritional tips to make sure you’re setting yourself up for a healthy future.

Nutrition Tips for Preschoolers
  • The kinds of food your preschooler eats and drinks are important for his or her health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy provide the nutrients that their bodies need.
  • Children’s appetites vary from day to day. Some days they may eat less and other days they may eat more. Make half of their plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Allow your preschooler to enjoy a variety of whole or bite-sized fruits such as sliced apples, bananas, grapes or strawberries on a daily basis.
  • Prepare red, orange and dark green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, baby carrots, spinach and broccoli as part of your child’s meals and snacks.
  • Offer dairy daily such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese to provide much needed calcium.
  • Feed your preschooler 100% whole-grain cereals, breads and pasta as often as possible.
  • Choose a variety of protein foods such as seafood, beans and small portions of meat like beef, chicken or turkey.
  • Encourage water instead of fruit juice or sugary drinks. Even if you’re giving your child 100% juice, too much of it can add more calories than he or she needs.
  • Offer a variety of healthy foods and let your child choose how much to eat. Children are more likely to enjoy a food when eating it is their own choice.
  • Be patient with your child. Offer new foods often, and prepare them in different ways!
Nutrition Tips for Children
Nutrition Tips for Young Adults
Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

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