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Nutrition - Menu by Ages

Write a 1-day menu for EACH of the following life stage groups: Note the specific age of the individual you are writing the menu for.

Toddler/Young Child (age 15 months to 5 years)
Pregnant Woman (You decide the age of the mother)
Adolescent or Teen (age 9-18)
Adult (age 19-70)
Older Adult (over age 70)

Menus should reflect special considerations such as the toddler's menu should include snacks and omit food that could easily be choked on and the teen's menu should include more high calcium choices. Include your thoughts and considerations when writing the menus. Explain (and give specific examples) how your menus fulfill at least 5 of the "key recommendations" in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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The Six Food Groups and recommended servings: the New Food Pyramid:

Fats, Oils, and Sweets (use sparingly)/ Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese (2-3 serving)/ Meat, Poultry, Fish, Beans, Eggs, and Nuts (2-3 servings)/ Vegetables (3-5 servings) / Fruits (2-4 servings)/ Breads, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta (6-11 servings)

The amount of food that counts as one serving is listed below. If you eat a larger portion, count it as more than 1 serving. For example, a dinner portion of spaghetti would count as 2 or 3 servings of pasta. Be sure to eat at least the lowest number of servings from the five major food groups listed below. You need them for the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein they provide. Just try to pick the lowest fat choices from the food groups. no specific serving size is given for the fats, oils, and sweets group because the message is USE SPARINGLY.

1. Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese: 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1/2 ounces of natural cheese, 2 ounces of process cheese
2. Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts: 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish; ½ cup of cooked dry beans, 1 egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter count as 1 ounce of lean meat
3. Vegetable: 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables; ½ cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw; 3/4 cup of vegetable juice
4. Fruit: 1 medium apple, banana, orange; 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit ; 3/4 cup of fruit juice
5. Bread, Cereal, rice, and Pasta: 1 slice of bread; 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal; 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta <>


Toddler should eat 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks daily

½ c. iron fortified cereal
½ c. fortified soymilk or milk
¼ banana added to cereal
¼ c. orange juice
½ slice whole-wheat toast
1 Tbsp peanut butter
½ c. fortified soymilk or milk

Casserole dish
2 Tbsp beans
¼ c. Cheerios
½ c. fortified soymilk or milk
½ piece of fruit

1/8 c. mixed together: raisins and ¼ c. Cheerios
½ c. fortified soymilk or milk

2 Tbsp texturized vegetable protein (TVP) crumbles with gravy
½ c. potatoes
½ c. veggies
¼ c. fortified soymilk or milk

Bedtime snack:
½ c. fortified soymilk
¼ to ½ meatless sandwich or milk

NOTE: A good guide to help decide what to feed your child - use the 2-3-4 rule:

Snacks: choose from 2 different food groups
Breakfast: choose from 3 different food groups
Lunch and Dinner: choose from 4 different food groups


Offer same varieties but smaller portions to 2 to 3 year olds. We have tried to exemplify here how the ...

Solution Summary

By illustrative examples, this solution provides an example of a menu based on the main food groups for each of age groups: Toddler/Young Child (age 15 months to 5 years); Pregnant Woman (You decide the age of the mother); Adolescent or Teen (age 9-18); Adult (age 19-70), and;
Older Adult (over age 70).