Making MyPlate can be fun and easy! Follow these tips to balance your plate like MyPlate.
Meet the Food Groups:
Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried. They may be whole, sliced, or mashed.
Grain foods are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain. Choose whole grains instead of refined grains whenever you can.
Foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, eggs, soy, nuts, and seeds are all part of the protein food group.
Dairy foods include yogurt, milk, cheese, and calcium-fortified foods. Choose skim and limit options with added sugar.
MyPlate advises people to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables at each meal.
Make at least half of all the grains you eat whole grains, every day.
Variety is the key to the protein food group. Choose options that are low in saturated fat whenever you can.
For the most nutrients with the fewest empty calories, choose fat-free and low-fat dairy foods.
The balance of foods on MyPlate will help people get all the nutrients that they need in a day.
So. How can you make your plate look more like MyPlate?
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.