Healthy Kids Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

Make healthy shopping and cooking changes now—our simple nutrition guidelines get you started.

Choose whole grains.

Studies indicate that eating whole grains reduces your long-term risk of cancer and heart disease. On average, most school-age children need 6 to 8 ounces of grains a day and active teens may need as many as 9 or 10 ounces. (A slice of bread, a half-cup of cooked rice, pasta or oatmeal are examples of 1 ounce.) At least half of those servings should come from whole grains. The other half can come from enriched (e.g., refined or “white”) grains. Good whole-grain sources include whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and whole-wheat pastas.

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