You probably remember what the classic USDA food pyramid from the 90s looks like. The biggest part at the bottom is full of grains, fruits and veggies make up the next tier up, meats, dairy, and nuts are in the section on top of that and then fats and sweets are in the smallest part on top. And one mom just put her own clever spin on it, creating a food pyramid based on what young picky eaters would eat.
Kendra Broekhuis shared her design in a Facebook post for a food pyramid that looks a lot more like the diet of a lot of kids out there. The base is made up of what kids eat most – Goldfish crackers. Next up? Butter and lots of it. And then there are the essential condiments that are always on kids’ plates – ranch dressing and ketchup. Those are right up there with chicken nuggets in this pyramid. At the very top, she’s got gummy fruit snacks, and the whole pyramid is outlined in packages of string cheese.
“I updated the food pyramid to be a more accurate depiction of what my children are willing to eat,” Kendra explains. And while the USDA probably isn’t planning to make any changes to its guidelines based on her pyramid, this is more like what little ones eat than that old school pyramid from our childhoods.