For young children
It is hard to know how much food children need to grow normally. If you're unsure, check with your doctor. Preschool children need the same variety of foods as older family members do, but may need less than 1, 600 calories. For fewer calories they can eat smaller servings. However, it is important that they have the equivalent of 2 cups of milk a day.
Now, take a look at the table below. It tells you how
many servings you need for your calorie level. For example, if you are an
active woman who needs about 2, 200 calories a day, 9 servings of breads,
cereals, rice, or pasta would be right for you. You'd also want to eat about
6 ounces of meat or alternates per day. Keep total fat (fat in the foods you
choose as well as fat used in cooking or added at the table) to about 73
grams per day.