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How many servings of fruits and vegetables does my child need?

Four servings of fruit and five of vegetables each day. Getting at least four servings of fruit and five of vegetables each day may sound like a lot of produce, but serving sizes for kids may be smaller than you think. For toddlers, a serving may be as small as 1/4 cup of vegetables, or 1/2 a medium-size piece of fresh fruit. For children aged 2 to 3, a medium apple or orange or a handful (1/3 cup) of dried fruit is a serving of fruit. This increases to 1/2 cup for kids over age 4. For most parents, getting their children to eat the recommended five or more a day seems like an impossible dream. But given all the power these foods pack, it’s definitely a dream worth pursuing.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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