Try to buy fresh fruit that is in season, but remember that canned and frozen fruits are also healthy choices for you and your family.
Fruit drink or fruit juice? Many of the fruit "drinks" on the grocery store shelves contain added sugar and very few nutrients. Although these drinks are okay to have on some occasions, juices marked "100% fruit juice" are the best choice. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests 6 oz. of 100% juice for a child everyday.
Can a Child Drink Too Much Juice?
If you have a picky eater, too much juice or sugar-flavored beverages before a meal can depress her or his appetite. Instead, offer cold water to your thirsty child. At meals, milk is the best choice.
Is Your Child Getting Enough Fruit?
Fruit provides you and your child with many nutrients like fiber and vitamin C.
According to government surveys, many young children are not eating enough fruit.At least two fruits each day is what both you and your child need for good health. Try two of the following each day:
OJ with breakfast
Sliced apples with lunch
Banana and peanut butter sandwich (Peanut butter layered lightly)
Canned peaches with supper
Let Your Child Choose Portion Sizes
Children should choose their own portion size at any meal or snack. So you may have to offer fruit several times a day to reach the total suggested below. Each day, a child four to six years old should try to eat at least 2 of the following. A child two to three years old will eat less.
1 piece of fruit
3/4 cup of juice
cup of canned fruit
cup of dried fruit
For recommended portion sizes, see our Portion Sizes Chart.