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This menu shows a typical day of healthy eating for a 2-year-old who weighs about 27 pounds.

Breakfast

  • Cereal (1⁄2 cup, iron-fortified) or 1 egg
  • Citrus or tomato juice (1/2 cup) or cantaloupe or strawberries (1⁄3 cup)
  • Toast (1/2 slice)
  • Margarine or butter (1⁄2 teaspoon)
  • Jelly (1 teaspoon)
  • Two-percent milk (3⁄4 cup)

Snack

  • Crackers (4)
  • Cream cheese (1 oz) (1 oz = 2 tablespoons)
  • Juice (1⁄2 cup)

Lunch

  • Sandwich (1⁄2 ):Whole wheat bread (1 slice),meat (1 oz or 1 slice)
  • Margarine or butter (1 teaspoon) or salad dressing (2 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons dark-yellow or dark-green vegetables
  • Low-fat oatmeal cookie (1 small)
  • Two-percent milk (1⁄2 cup)

Snack

  • Apple (1⁄2, sliced), grapes (1⁄3 cup, sliced), or orange (1⁄2)
  • Two-percent milk (1⁄2 cup)

 

Dinner

  • Meat (2 oz) (2 oz is about the size of your child’s palm.)
  • Vegetable (2 tablespoons)
  • Pasta, rice, or potato (1⁄3 cup)
  • Margarine or butter (1 teaspoon) or salad dressing (2 teaspoons)
  • Two-percent milk (1⁄2 cup)

 

Last Updated
5/28/2013
Source
A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.