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.
Milk has long been a mealtime staple for kids. Full of bone-building calcium and vitamin D, milk and dairy foods offer a mix of protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and potassium. Early in life most kids need the extra fat provided in whole or 2% milk for growth. But after children reach the age of 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they be weaned from higher-fat milks (2% and whole) unless directed otherwise by your pediatrician. If your child still loves whole milk, then start by slowly stepping him down to 2% and then to 1% or fat-free milk and dairy products.
Nutrients: Protein, calcium, vitamin D, potassium
Servings: Approximately 2 to 3 cups for kids and adults