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Sample One-Day Menu for a Preschooler

This menu is planned for a four-year-old child who weighs approximately 36 pounds (16.5 kg).

1 teaspoon = 1⁄3 tablespoon (5 ml)
1 tablespoon = 1⁄2 ounce (15 ml)
1 ounce = 30 ml
1 cup = 8 ounces (240 ml)


  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1⁄2 cup cereal
  • 4–6 oz. or 1⁄2 cup cantaloupe or strawberries or banana


  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1⁄2 cup fruit such as melon, banana, or berries
  • 1⁄2 cup yogurt


  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1 sandwich—2 slices whole wheat bread with 1–2 oz. of meat and cheese, veggie and dressing (if needed) or peanut butter and jelly
  • 1⁄4 cup dark-yellow or dark-green vegetable


  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter with 1 slice whole wheat bread or 5 crackers or string cheese or cut-up fruit


  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 2 ounces meat, fish, or chicken
  • 1⁄2 cup pasta, rice, or potato
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable

If your family would like to include margarine, butter, or salad dressing as a “side” option to any meal, choose low- fat or healthier versions, if possible, and only give 1 or 2 teaspoons to your child.

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 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.
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