Healthy Eating for Kids: Recipes and Nutrition Advice

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Food Groups for Kids: Best and Worst Choices

Eating foods from each food group every day provides most of the nutrients that kids need. Here, find the best and worst choices from each group for your little one.

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Protein: Best Choices

Best & Worst Protein

BEST CHOICES:
1 ounce of meat or beans is equivalent to:
• 1 ounce cooked fish and shellfish
• Approximately 1/4 cup drained canned fish
• 1/4 cup cooked beans
• 2 tablespoons hummus
• 1 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter
• 1/4 cup cooked tofu
• 1/2 ounce nuts and seeds (approximately 12 almonds or 7 walnut halves)

OK CHOICES:
1 ounce of meat or beans is equivalent to:
• 1 ounce cooked skinless chicken or turkey
• 1 ounce cooked lean ground meat or poultry
• 1 egg
• 1 ounce cooked lean, trimmed cuts of beef, pork, ham, or lamb

LIMIT:
High-fat meats, meat and poultry with skin, canned fish and shellfish in oil, fried meat, fried poultry, and fried seafood

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