MyPlate Plan for Preschoolers
The MyPlate Plan for Preschoolers shows what and how much your child should eat to meet his or her needs. MyPlate Plans are based on average needs by age and activity level, so you should use the Plan as a general guide. Your preschooler's food needs also depend on how fast he or she is growing and other factors. So, do not be concerned if your preschooler does not eat the exact amounts suggested. Each child's needs may differ from the average, and appetites can vary from day to day. Try to balance the amounts over a few days or a week.
- Put the MyPlate Plan into action with meal and snack ideas.
- Offer different foods from day to day. Encourage your child to choose from a variety of foods.
- Serve foods in small portions at scheduled meals and snacks.
- Choose healthy snacks for your preschooler.
- Beverages count too. Make smart beverage choices.
Use the table below to access the right MyPlate Plan for your child. We also have an interactive calculator that will provide the same information for your preschooler as the table below. Here's an idea: From the table below, get your child's MyPlate Plan. Then, create your own MyPlate Plan using the interactive calculator. Be a healthy role model for your child!
|Age||Sex||Daily Physical Activity||Calorie Level of MYPLATE Plan|
|2 yrs||Boys and Girls||Any level||1000 calories|
|3 yrs||Boys||Less than 30 minutes||1200 calories|
|30-60 minutes, More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|
|Girls||Less than 30 minutes||1000 calories|
|30-60 minutes||1200 calories|
|More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|
|4-5 yrs||Boys and Girls||Less than 30 minutes||1200 calories|
|30-60 minutes||1400 calories|
|Boys||More than 60 minutes||1600 calories|
|Girls||More than 60 minutes||1400 calories|