2 TO 2½ YEARS

I feel proud when I get to choose.

I need your help to LEARN TO MAKE CHOICES.

WHAT

HOW
WHEN
WHERE

Here are some examples of what meal and snack portion sizes might look like on my plate.

Breakfast

¼ cup diced raspberries
½ cup low-fat yogurt
½ slice, cut up whole grain french toast
½ cup water

Lunch

¼ cup diced kiwi
½ cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1 slice whole grain bread
with 1 tablespoon peanut butter spread thin
½ cup low-fat milk

Snacks

snack
½ cup dry cereal
½ cup cooked, chopped carrots
½ cup chopped blueberries
½ cup shredded cheese
water between meals and snacks

Dinner

½ cup cooked, chopped green beans
½ cup low-fat milk
½ cup cooked, diced tomatoes
with ½ cup cooked whole grain pasta
with 2 tablespoons baked, chopped chicken

Daily Suggested Food Group Amounts

FRUITS

2 servings a day 
1 serving = ½ cup
(1 cup total)

Cooked or soft, raw fruit.

Mashed, sliced, or chopped.

Offer a variety: red, yellow, orange, blue, and green.

VEGETABLES

3 servings a day 
1 serving = ½ cup
(1½ cups total)

Raw or cooked, mashed, sliced, or chopped veggies.

Offer a variety: dark green, orange, red, yellow, and purple.

GRAINS

6 servings a day
1 serving = ½ ounce
(3 ounces total)

Whole grain bread, tortillas, rice, or noodles.

Dry or cooked cereal.

PROTEINS

2 servings a day
1 serving = 1 ounce
(2 ounces total)

Cooked, chopped meat, poultry, or fish.

Eggs.

Cooked beans, peas, or tofu.

Peanut butter.

DAIRY

4 servings a day
1 serving = ½ cup
(2 cups total)

Low-fat milk.

Yogurt.

Cheese.

Look what I can do!

Keep me safe and healthy.

Now that I am 2 years old, it’s time for me to switch to low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt.

I’m still learning to chew food properly. Please DON’T give me foods I could choke on like whole nuts, whole grapes, seeds, hot dogs, or hard candies, and sit with me while I eat.

Help me brush my teeth at least twice a day with a small, soft toothbrush and smear of toothpaste.

Be with me during screen time and interact with me. Remember, to schedule plenty of non-screen time into my day.