What’s on Your Plate?
We all know that eating our fruits and vegetables is important, but most kids aren't getting enough. MyPlate, the new USDA food graphic featuring a divided plate, says that half our plates should be filled up with fruits and vegetables. The other half should be grains and protein-rich foods.
The new MyPlate graphic replaces the food pyramid and is designed to be simple to follow and easy to remember. The four sections of the plate represent the basic food groups, and to the right of the plate is a glass representing dairy and other calcium-rich foods such as fortified soy milk.To see the MyPlate graphic and learn more, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
The MyPlate website also offers more advice for making healthy food choices, such as choosing more whole grains and drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Click on any of the food groups to find out what's included and get recipes and tips for adding more of the food group to your diet. You can also find tips for vegetarian diets, get the scoop on “empty calories” and learn why physical activity is important. Stay healthy!
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