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Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy! Young children look to you as they learn, develop and grow healthy eating habits. Make every bite count.


Give your toddler healthy choices as they explore new foods and flavors. Toddlers are learning to feed themselves and to eat new foods during this important time of growth and development. Young children have small stomachs and are developing food preferences, so make every bite count!

Healthy Eating for Preschoolers

You can help your child to build healthy habits now that will last a lifetime. Use these tips to make every bite count with young children.

Healthy Eating for Toddlers

Give your toddler healthy choices as they explore new foods and flavors. Young children have small stomachs and are developing food preferences, so make every bite count!

Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

During a pandemic, you may be taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe and prepared, including making sure you have everything you need at home. This guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

MyPlate on Alexa

MyPlate is now available as an "Alexa skill"! Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on Amazon Alexa or on your smartphone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app (available for free in the App Store or Google Play store). To get started, simply say “Alexa, open the MyPlate skill.” The MyPlate Alexa skill provides healthy eating tips for parents and caregivers on what and how to feed babies and toddlers based on their age (between 4 to 24 months). Parents and caregivers can receive science-based food and nutrition advice to set their child up for lifelong healthy eating habits.


The Dairy Group includes milk, yogurt, cheese, lactose-free milk and fortified soy milk and yogurt. It does not include foods made from milk that have little calcium and a high fat content, such as cream cheese, sour cream, cream, and butter.

Prepare Healthy Meals

Use these tips to save time when cooking at home. Visit MyPlate Kitchen to discover delicious and budget-friendly recipes your family will love. Included in this page: kitchen timesavers and cooking for your family.

Organizations and Associations

MyPlate provides concise messaging and evidence-based tools with actionable steps that enable organizations to reach a wide audience about healthier food and beverage choices. This toolkit provides free, ready-to-use resources for your outreach efforts. Included in this page: Connect with MyPlate, MyPlate is Everyone’s Plate, How to Personalize MyPlate, and The Power of Partnership.

About Us

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, CNPP focuses its efforts on two primary objectives: (1) advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and (2) conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.


Start your infant off on the path of lifelong healthy nutrition. The first year of a child's life is a critically important period for proper growth and development. Since they consume such small quantities of foods at this stage, it’s important to make every bite count!

Protein Foods

All foods made from seafood; meat, poultry, and eggs; beans, peas, and lentils; and nuts, seeds, and soy products are part of the Protein Foods Group. Beans, peas, and lentils are also part of the Vegetable Group. For more information on beans, peas, and lentils see Beans, Peas, and Lentils are Unique Foods.


Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, pureed, or cooked. At least half of the recommended amount of fruit should come from whole fruit, rather than 100% fruit juice.


Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, grits, and tortillas are examples of grain products. Foods such as popcorn, rice, and oatmeal are also included in the Grains Group. Grains are divided into 2 subgroups: Whole Grains and Refined Grains.

More Key Topics

Key Topics include Oils -- Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature, like vegetable oils used in cooking. Added Sugars -- To build healthy eating habits and stay within calorie needs, individuals over age 2 should choose foods and beverages with little to no added sugars and those under age 2 should avoid them altogether. Saturated Fats -- Cut back on saturated fat by replacing foods high in saturated fat (such as butter, whole milk, cheese, and baked goods) with foods higher in unsaturated fat (found in plants and fish, such as vegetable oils, peanuts, avocado, and salmon). Sodium -- For most people ages 14 years and older, sodium should not exceed 2,300 mg per day. Alcohol -- Alcoholic beverages provide calories but few nutrients and should be accounted for to stay within your calorie allowance.

Start Simple app on phone and watch

Start Simple with MyPlate App

Build healthy eating habits one goal at a time! Download the Start Simple with MyPlate app today.

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Alexa Speakers and Devices

MyPlate on Alexa

Get MyPlate nutrition tips for your baby or toddler on Amazon Alexa devices or the free Alexa app.

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MyPlate.gov is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025