Meal Plans

The NCOAI meal plans are easy to understand and incorporate. As with adults, we recommend making small changes and when appropriate eliciting input from the child. The steps involved in determining the appropriate meal plan based on gender, age, and activity level are describe below.

1.  Determine the appropriate caloric meal plan from table 1 below based on gender, activity level and age.

Table 1

Gender Age (years) Sedentary b Moderately Active c Active d
Child 2-3 1,000 1,000-1,400 1,000-1,400
Female 4-8
9-13
14-18
1,200
1,600
1,800
1,400-1,600
1,600-2,000
2,000
1,400-1,800
1,800-2,200
2,400
Male 4-8
9-13
14-18
1,400
1,800
2,200
1,400-1,600
1,800-2,200
2,400-2,800
1,600-2,000
2,000-2,600
2,800-3,200

2.  Print the appropriate meal plans. Click on the link in the table below to view and print the listed caloric meal plans.

Meal Plans 1000 Calorie Meal Plans 1200 Calorie Meal Plans 1400 Calorie Meal Plans
1600 Calorie Meal Plans 1800 Calorie Meal Plans 2000 Calorie Meal Plans
2200 Calorie Meal Plans 2400 Calorie Meal Plans 2600 Calorie Meal Plans
2800 Calorie Meal Plans 3000 Calorie Meal Plans 3200 Calorie Meal Plans

3.  Become familiar with the pattern and portion sizes included in the chosen meal plan and begin with small changes. The changes must be palatable to the child (children). Small changes may include lower fat diary products; increasing small amounts of fruits and vegetables that the child likes.