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:

Balance Calories

  • 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

Visit MyPlate.gov to learn more.  Check out MyPlate materials available from Iowa State University Extension.

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