Good-bye Food Pyramid, hello “MyPlate”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the new food pyramid which is actually not a pyramid now at all, but a plate. I absolutely love it and it reinforces what many of us know is the key to healthy eating, when you assemble your plate (and it should be a small plate!) it should consist of half fruits and veggies, one quarter each grains and proteins. Protein should not serve as the foundation of the meal, but more as a side. I think this is a simpler and easier to understand guide to healthy eating, compared to the pyramid. They list some easy to understand and implement guidelines as well – here is some information from – what do you think of “MyPlate?”

Balancing Calories

● Enjoy your food, but eat less.

● Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

● Make at least half 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.

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