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TABLE 7-6 Weekly Pattern for Enhanced Snacks, by Age Group: Number of Servings from Each Food Group per Week and Amount per Serving, by Age Groupa

Food Groupb

5–13 Years

14–18 Years

Adults

Number of Servings per Week (Amount/Serving)c

Fruit

4 (½ c)

4 (1 c)

4 (1 c)

Orange vegetabled

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

2 (½ c)

Non-starchy vegetablee

2 (½ c)

2 (1 c)

2 (½ c)

Grain/breadf

4 (1 oz eq)

4 (2 oz eq)

4 (1 oz eq)

Lean meat or meat alternate

4 (1 oz eq)

4 (1 oz eq)

4 (1 oz eq)

Low-fat or nonfat milk

4 (½ c)

4 (½ c)

4 (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 covering a 5-day week. Over the course of the 5-day week, a total of 20 servings would be offered. Each enhanced snack includes 4 servings. For children ages 14–18 years, some of the serving sizes are large, and it may be desirable to offer two items within the same food group to equal the specified amount. The committee urges consideration of the enhanced snack option for adults.

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.

The following three steps provide guidance for using the enhanced snack pattern:

  1. Plan enhanced snacks for a 5-day week so that they meet the requirements shown in Table 7-6 for the age group being served.

  2. For all age groups, each daily snack will include four servings. For children ages 14–18 years, some of the serving sizes are large, and it may be desirable to offer more than one food within the same food group.

  3. Use a snack template to simplify the process of meeting the daily and weekly snack requirements. A sample template is shown for children ages 14–18 years in Table 7-7. Note that the template is an example only. The meal components could be distributed in



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