even their teeth is missing the same way Children of all ages need the same number of servings of foods from each of the four food groups as do adults. The size of the serving increases as we get older. So, for example, a 2 year-old needs the same 5 to 6 servings of whole grain, but the serving is a half slice instead of a whole slice of bread. Your child also needs lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, or at least 5 servings a day. I emphasize “colorful”, since I don’t count French fries or iceberg lettuce, or even apple juice as a serving. A typical recommendation when it comes to serving size is 1 tablespoon for each year of life; so, a 4 year-old would need 4 tablespoons of green peas, while an older child or adult would need ½ cup. Children also need 2 to 3 glasses of calcium-rich milk and two servings of low-fat protein, such as chicken, fish, or beans. Total calories, on average, should be about 1,500 calories for a “low active” kid aged four to eight. Kids today are getting too much of the foods from the top of the Food Guide Pyramid, such as fat and sugar, and like their parents are shunning the most healthy foods, like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Photo credit: Julie Kertesz via Compfight