Happy Birthday MyPlate!

Two years ago this month, USDA introduced MyPlate, replacing MyPyramid as the visual for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. MyPlate makes it easy to see what we should be eating and show us what a healthy meal looks like.

MyPlate icon

MyPlate is all about simple, common sense meal planning:

  • Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables–all forms count too! This means fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.
  • Next make 1/4 of your plate grains and try to make 1/2 of those grains, whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice.
  • The last 1/4 of your plate should be lean protein like fish, chicken breast, black beans, nuts and soy.
  • MyPlate also allows for a dairy serving to provide for calcium. This is a 1 cup amount per meal (3 cups daily) and it should be from low-fat sources.

Check out some of these cool MyPlate resources:

  • SuperTracker – allows you to sign up online and track your food and physical activities and see your progress over time.
  • Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series – high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format, perfect for posting on a refrigerator.
  • MyPlate on Campus – designed especially for college students to keep you eating healthy while away from home.
  • You may also want to check out MyPlate on Pinterest.
How will you celebrate MyPlate’s birthday?
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