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Vegetables Group - How Much Vegetables Does Your Child And Family Really Need?

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Sep 12, 2012

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How Much Vegetables Does Your Family Need?

First, My Plate tells us that we need vegetables every day.  When you look at your plate, a balanced meal would have half of your plate filled withe fruits and vegetables.  Vegetables are the largest part of My Plate because it is the most important food group.  The vegetables represents the green part of the My Plate or the Food Pyramid.

The exact amount of vegetables that each of your family members need really depends on these factors:

  • your agevegetables and children
  • your gender
  • how active you are

To find out how much foods your child needs, visit our meal planner tool or for a print the daily requirements for your child.


General Daily Vegetables Needs

In general, the USDA My Plate has created these daily recommended guidelines:

See what counts as a vegetable serving.*

Vegetable Group Recommended Daily Servings
2-3 years old 1  cup
4-8 years old
1 - 1/2 cups
Girls 9-13 years old
2 cups
Girls 14-18 years old
2 - 1/2 cups
Boys 9-13 years old
2 - 1/2 cups
Boys 14-18 years old
3 cups
Women 19-30 years old 2  - 1/2cups
Women 31-50 years old 2 - 1/2 cups
Women 51+ years old 2 cups
Men 19-30 years old 3  cups
Men 31-50 years old 3  cups
Men 51+ years old 2 - 1/2  cups


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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Sep 12, 2012Last updated on Oct 15, 2013




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