What's on your plate?
MyPlate is the new food icon replacing MyPyramid.
MyPlate helps you visualize the proportion each food group should contribute to your plate.
- The icon conveys that half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, with vegetables comprising slightly more than the fruits.
- The other half of the plate consists of grains and proteins, with grains comprising slightly more than the protein.
- Dairy is depicted as a circle (i.e. glass of milk) off to the side of the plate.
While the icon or graphic has changed, many of the messages are the same:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
Foods to Increase
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Make at least half of your grains whole grains
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
Foods to Reduce
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion 10 tips Nutrition Education Series
- Choose MyPlate
- Add More Vegetables to Your Day
- Focus on Fruits
- Make Half Your Grains Whole
- Got Your Dairy Today?
- With Protein Foods, Variety is Key
- Build a Healthy Meal
- Healthy Eating fro Vegetarians
- Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits
- Liven up Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruits
- Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits
- Be a Healthy Role Model for Children
- Cut Back on Your Kid's Sweet Treats
- Salt and Sodium
Visit MyPlate.gov to learn more. Check out MyPlate materials available from Iowa State University Extension.
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