Forget the Food Pyramid – Follow MyPlate!

Still following the Food Pyramid? That’s way old news! Back in 2011, the USDA unveiled a new icon to remind Americans what should be on their plate. Take a look:

Healthy DietThe MyPlate icon is a snapshot of what a healthy meal should look like. Half of the plate is occupied by fruits and vegetables, while the other half includes a serving of whole grains and a healthy portion of lean protein. The meal is completed with a low-fat dairy product such as milk or yogurt.

Along with the MyPlate icon, the USDA also released these helpful dietary tips:

Balance Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but don’t overdo it
  • Avoid over-sized portions; using smaller plates can help

Foods to Increase

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Recommended Recipes

  • Satisfying breakfast: They may sound decadent, but these Peaches ‘n Cream Protein Pancakes are powered by healthy oats, protein powder, low-fat yogurt and a perfectly sweet peach topping!
  • ginger_sesame_turkey_salad-1Lovely lunch: Cute and colorful, these Walnut-Stuffed Avocado Boats are a breeze to make and an easy way to add more veggies to your plate.
  • Quick dinner: This Sesame-Ginger Salad with Roasted Turkey is loaded with lean protein and veggies. Skip the store-bought dressing (usually loaded with sugar!) and try your hand at homemade.

Although the MyPlate icon and guidelines may not suit everyone’s preferences, they serve as a good reminder to pack your plate with plenty of nutrient-rich foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

What do you think of the MyPlate dietary guidelines? Share your thoughts!

About Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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