Sample Meal Plan for Feeding Your Preschooler (Ages 3 to 5)

Sample Meals for Preschoolers: 3 to 5 years old

Sample Menu 1 

BreakfastMini mushroom omelettes or breakfast cups
Strawberries and banana slices
Milk
Morning SnackQuark and berries parfait
Water
LunchCream of parsnip and carrot soup
100% whole wheat unsalted crackers or pita bread
Raw vegetables (carrots, celery sticks, red pepper slices) with salad dressing for dipping
Milk
Afternoon SnackApple slices with nut butter or cheddar cheese
Water
DinnerMini meatballs
Whole wheat pasta with tomato and vegetable pasta sauce
Milk
Bedtime SnackGranola and fruit bites


Sample Menu 2 

BreakfastOatmeal pancakes with apple sauce
Milk
Morning SnackYogurt and fruit smoothie
LunchTuna grilled cheese or mini sandwiches on multigrain bread or whole wheat crackers
Cucumber slices with dip
Orange wedges
Milk
Afternoon SnackHummus with raw vegetables (carrots, celery sticks, red pepper slices) baked tortilla chips or whole wheat pita bread
Water
DinnerTofu vegetable stir fry with brown rice 
Milk
Bedtime SnackChocolate and almond bliss bars

Children and high mercury fish

For children between one and four years of age limit frozen/fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar to 75 grams per month. These fish contain high levels of mercury. Young children between five and 11 years of age can have up to 125 grams of these large, predatory fish per month.

For children between one to four years of age limit albacore (“white”) canned tuna to 75 grams per week. Young children between five and 11 years of age can consume up to 150 grams or albacore (“white”) tuna per week. Albacore (“white”) canned tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. 

Tips for feeding your preschooler (3 to 5 years)

  • Let your child decide what and how much to eat from the foods your offer. Continue to offer a variety of familiar foods and new foods at each meal.
  • Always supervise your child while eating. Cut foods into bite size pieces to avoid choking.
  • You can switch from full fat milk (3.25%) to skim, 1% or 2% milk. Fortified soy, rice, almond or coconut beverages can also be introduced at this age. 
  • Offer water between meals. Sipping on milk or juice between meals can decrease appetite. If you give your child juice, offer 100% fruit juice and limit it to 4 – 6 oz (125-175 mL) a day.
  • Eat meals and snacks prepared at home more often. Prepare healthy homemade recipes. Try chicken tacos, vegetarian chili and fruit and oatmeal muffins.

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