By: Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.
The vegetable group is where you find many of nature’s healthiest foods. Vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are low in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Vegetables are divided into five subgroups based on nutrient content—dark-green vegetables, orange vegetables, beans and peas, starchy vegetables, and a group for all others. Serve your child a variety of vegetables from all the subgroups each week.
Nutrients: Fiber and abundant vitamins and minerals, which vary by vegetable
Servings: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups for kids and 2 to 3 cups for adults