What's on your plate?

MyPlateMyPlate 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
10 Tips Nutrition Education Series

Get started toward a healthy diet! Print theses easy-to-follow tips (available in English or Spanish)...

Popular Publications

Let's Eat for the health of itLet's Eat for the Health of It

Learn how to choose a healthy plate with these tips. Based on 2011 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this booklet also provides information on cutting back on fats, added sugars and salt; eating the right amount of calories for you; and being physically active your way.


MyPlate placematMyPlate placemat

Colorful placemat shows food proportions recommended by MyPlate. You'll also find tips for making your plate a "10" by making healthier food choices.

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