Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

Nutrition Guidelines for Children with Food Selectivity

Nutrition Goal # 1:

Each child should be able to eat:

  • 3 different breakfasts
  • 3 different lunches
  • 3 different dinners

Nutrition Goal #2:

Each child should eat:

  • At least 2 different protein foods
  • At least 2 different grain and cereal foods (bread, cereal, pasta, rice, etc)
  • At least 3 different fruits
  • At least 3 different vegetables ( a combination of starchy and non starchy vegetables)
  • At least one dairy product or substitute (substitute= soy products, etc)
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The fruits that have the most "nutrition bang" for your buck:

  • Stone fruits (apples, pears, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines)
  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits

The non starchy vegetables that have the most "nutrition bang" for your buck:

  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
  • Green leafy vegetables ( red and green leaf lettuce, salad greens, kale, chard, spinach, etc)

The starchy vegetables that have the most "nutrition bang" for your buck:

  • Soup Beans
  • Root vegetables: carrots, radishes, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Corn and peas
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