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Our Nutrition

Good Nutrition at Every Age

Parents often struggle with what to feed their kids, trying to provide the right amount of nutrition and variety in meals whether they’re feeding babies, toddlers or kids.

Building Blocks for Healthy Eating

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MyPlate is the nutrition guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture depicting the right portions of food groups for the different stages of life.

Without an appropriate balance between food groups, our bodies may not work efficiently, and we could be at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, something that is particularly important for growing children.

Nurture Life creates all of its meals based on the MyPlate guidelines, consistently offering a wide variety of produce, protein and starches.

 

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    Fruits and vegetables provide our body with fiber and important vitamins and minerals required on a daily basis.

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    Proteins supply important calories, keep us feeling full and provide essential building blocks for muscle growth and repair.

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    Whole grains and starches provide energy for daily activities and contain fiber to maintain fullness.

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    Dairy and dairy alternatives such as soy milk provide bone-building nutrients and other minerals and supply protein for muscle growth and development.

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Starting from the Beginning

Food preferences develop early in life. Starting your baby with nutritious foods early on is critical to ensuring he or she accepts a variety of foods. You choose what to feed your baby, your baby decides how much he or she will eat.

Until 12 months, babies should receive the majority of their nutritional needs from breast milk or formula. The first few months of eating are intended to be a period of exploration and development. Rather than focusing on baby’s nutritional needs, it is important to prime them for diversity of tastes, textures and a food routine.

Babies

Stage 1, 6+ Months

As your baby transitions from breast milk or formula to first foods, he or she should start to learn how to take food from a spoon. Our first purees are single ingredient vegetables and fruits that can be thinned using breast milk or formula to help ease this transition and help develop baby’s palate and digestive system. All babies have a preference for sweet foods and show adverse responses to sour and bitter tastes, so we use fewer sweet fruits to focus on developing baby’s palate. During the first few feedings your baby may only take a couple spoonfuls per meal but will work up to more.

Stage 2, 8+ Months

In this stage, your baby should start learning and using skills—sitting in a high chair for longer periods of time, taking food from a spoon, resting between bites, stopping when full—necessary to become familiar with the process of eating. In Stage 2, our foods are thicker in consistency with more complex vegetables, the introduction of meats and fish and new flavor combinations. As your baby is still getting used to solid foods, offer purees but try not to force them. Babies at this stage eat out of hunger, not for pleasure.

Stage 3, 10+ Months

During the final stage of transition into solid foods, your baby should be able to sit up and bring their hands or other objects to their mouth. This is a solid sign that they are ready for table foods. Our Stage 3 meals introduce a wide variety of finger foods to encourage babies to practice this behavior and learn to feed themselves.

Toddlers

1 – 3 Years Old

It’s time to switch gears from bottles and purees. This is a big transition period as your toddler is learning to eat table food and accept new tastes and textures. Keep in mind, your toddler is growing and so is their stomach so it’s perfectly normal for them to be ravenous one day and shun food the next. As long as your toddler seems satisfied and gets a well-rounded diet based on the MyPlate guidelines, your toddler will receive the nutrition he or she needs to grow and develop.

Recommended Portions Per Meal

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    Fruits & Vegetables

    2-4oz per serving

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    Proteins

    1-2oz per serving

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    Single Grains & Starches

    1-2oz per serving

Kids

4 – 8 Years Old

As kids develop, they require the same healthy foods that adults eat, just in smaller portions. At 4-8 years of age, your kid continues to be more active and require more calories. Our meals are developed using MyPlate guidelines to provide the necessary balance of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, calcium and essential fats to keep young kids fueled throughout the day.

Recommended Portions Per Meal

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    Fruits & Vegetables

    1-1.5 cups per serving

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    Proteins

    1-2oz per serving

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    Single Grains & Starches

    1.5-2oz per serving

9 – 13 Years Old

The key word in this stage is variety! Kids need different amounts of nutrients at different stages of development. Longer days require more energy, which our meals have accounted for by increasing our portion sizes to accommodate your kid’s growth.

Recommended Portions Per Meal

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    Fruits & Vegetables

    1.5-2 cups per serving

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    Proteins

    1.5-2oz per serving

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    Single Grains & Starches

    2-2.5oz per serving

14+ Years Old

As older kids develop they need almost double the quantity of calcium and most vitamins and minerals as compared to what they needed in their younger years due to muscular, skeletal and endocrine growth. In this stage, portion sizes increase with calcium-based ingredients including dairy products, green vegetables and fish to encourage bone development and growth.

Recommended Portions Per Meal

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    Fruits & Vegetables

    2-2.5 cups per serving

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    Proteins

    2.5-3oz per serving

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    Single Grains & Starches

    3-4oz per serving