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TABLE 7-4 Weekly Meal Pattern for Regular Snacks: Number of Servings from Each Food Group per Week and Amount per Serving, by Age Groupa

Food Groupb

1 Year

2–4 Years

5–13 Years

14–18 Years

Adults

Number of Servings per Week (Amount/Serving)c

Fruit

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (1 c)

2 (1 c)

Orange vegetabled

1 ( ⅛ c)

1 (¼ c)

1 (½ c)

1 (½ c)

1 (½ c)

Non-starchy vegetablee

1 ( ⅛ c)

1 (¼ c)

1 (½ c)

1 (1 c)

1 (½ c)

Grain/breadf

2 (½ oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

2 (2 oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

Lean meat or meat alternate

2 (½ oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

2 (1 oz eq)

Milk

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

NOTE: c = cup; oz eq = ounce equivalent.

aSee Table 7-9 and Appendix K for sample regular snack menus that follow these patterns.

bSee Appendix Table H-1 for a listing of foods by MyPyramid food group and subgroup. See Table 7-8 for applicable food specifications to control calories, reduce sodium, and ensure diet quality. Specifications address topics such as the type of milk, forms of fruit, and fat content of meats.

cThe patterns for each age group show number of servings and amount per serving for either a morning or afternoon snack. If both morning and afternoon snacks are provided daily, the same pattern is to be used for each. Over the course of a 5-day week, a total of 10 servings would be offered for the morning snack and the same number for the afternoon snack (if both were provided); 2 servings would be offered for each daily snack.

dSee Appendix Table H-1 for a list of orange vegetables.

eNon-starchy vegetables include all vegetables in Appendix Table H-1 except those listed in the starchy vegetable subgroup.

fAt least half of the grain/bread must be whole grain-rich (see specifications in Table 7-8). Other grains must be enriched.

  1. Plan regular snacks for a 5-day week so that they meet the requirements shown in Table 7-4 for the age group being served.

  2. For all age groups, each daily snack will include two servings, but the size of the servings will vary.

  3. Use a snack template to simplify the process of meeting the daily and weekly snack requirements. A sample template is shown in Table 7-5 for children ages 5–13 years. Templates for children ages 1 and 2–4 years and for adults could show the same pattern of meal components, but some of the serving sizes would differ. Note that this is just one example of a template for the children. The food groups could be distributed in different ways over the week, but it is essential to make sure that each daily regular snack includes two servings of the size specified for the age group in Table 7-4 and that the total amounts for each food group are served over the week.



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