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Table 1 USDA reimbursable snack pattern for child carea, ages 3–5, with examples of snacks served

From: A comparison of snack serving sizes to USDA guidelines in healthy weight and overweight minority preschool children enrolled in Head Start

Food group Minimum serving size Examples of snacks served at the Head Start centers
 Fluid milk 1/2 cupb 2 % reduced fat milk
 Full strength juice or 1/2 cup Orange slices, grapes, applesauce, canned pineapple, fruit cocktail, banana, canned peaches, carrots
 Fruit and/or vegetable 1/2 cup
 Bread or 1/2 slice Pumpkin bread, whole-wheat bagel, raisin bran muffin, blueberry muffin, oatmeal cookie, peanut butter cookie, whole-wheat crackers, animal crackers, Rice Krispies, Honey Nut Cheerios, Raisin Bran, cupcake, yellow cake, tortilla chips
 Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins or 1/2 serving
 Cold dry cereal or 1/4 cup
 Hot cooked cereal or 1/4 cup
 Cooked pasta or noodles or grains 1/4 cup
Meat/Meat Alternate
 Meat or poultry or fishd or 1/2 oz Sliced turkey, turkey and beans chili, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, peanut butter, Light & Fit yogurt, vanilla yogurt, strawberry yogurt
 Alternate protein product or 1/2 oz
 Cheese or 1/2 oz
 Egge or 1/2 egg
 Cooked dry beans or peas or 1/8 cup
 Peanut or other nut or seed butter or 1 Tbsp.
 Nuts and/or seeds or 1/2 oz
 Yogurtf 2 oz or 1/4 cup
  1. aAdapted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Federal regulations, part 226-Child and Adult Care Food Program [33]
  2. bA cup means a standard measuring cup
  3. cBreads and grains must be made from whole-grain or enriched meal or flour. Cereal must be whole-grain or enriched or fortified
  4. dA serving consists of the edible portion of cooked lean meat or poultry or fish
  5. eOne-half egg meets the required minimum amount (1 oz or less) of meat alternate
  6. fYogurt may be plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened