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Build a Healthy Eating Routine

Dietary Guidelines for Americans & MyPlate

July 20, 2023

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 has a variety of online resources that professionals can use to help parents and caregivers start infants and children off with a healthy eating routine. Continue reading to learn about key recommendations for feeding infants and young children from the Dietary Guidelines and how you can use these resources to help even the youngest Americans make every bite count. 

Dietary Guidelines: Build a Healthy Eating Routine  

Use and share these healthy eating handouts with parents and caregivers to help them stay informed on what foods to serve based on age-group! For more information, search the Current Dietary Guidelines resources page. 

Eat Healthy: Pregnancy or Breastfeeding (English/Spanish) 

When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s important to give yourself and your baby the nutrition needed to grow and thrive. Follow the tips in this handout to eat healthy during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Eat Healthy: Birth to Age 2 (English/Spanish) 

The first 2 years of a child’s life are a very important time for their growth and development, By giving babies the nutrition they need, you’ll help them grow and thrive. Follow the tips in this handout to build a healthy eating routine for babies. 

Eat Healthy: Kids & Teens (English/Spanish) 

Eating habits start early, so help children build a healthy eating routine to last a lifetime. Follow the tips in this handout to help kids and teens get the nutrition they need. 

Eat Healthy: Older Adults (English/Spanish) 

Good nutrition is key to staying healthy, active, and independent as you get older. And it’s never too late to make healthy changes. Follow the tips in this handout to build a healthy eating routine for older adults. 

 

MyPlate: Healthy Eating Tipsheets 

MyPlate also has great tipsheets for parents and caregivers based on the life stage. For more resources, search MyPlate’s print materials. 

Healthy Eating for Women Who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Infants (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. When it’s time for solid foods, offer babies a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and lower in sodium and avoid added sugars. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Toddlers (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Offer toddlers a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and lower in sodium and avoid added sugars. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Preschoolers (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Offer preschoolers a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Kids (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Offer kids a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding on foods and beverages, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Teens (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Adults (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips! 

Healthy Eating for Older Adults (English/Spanish) 

Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips!