Friday, June 3, 2011

Bye Bye Pyramid. It's Time to Say Hello to My Plate!

I hate to admit this, but I have always disliked the food pyramid. What an obscure graphic to use to try to explain to someone how to eat... especially children. Sure, they can easily figure out which foods go into what group (picture kids with hands in the air shouting "grains, grains!!" when asked what group a slice of bread should fall into), but ask them to translate that to what they should be eating everyday?... (insert crickets here). 

I am THRILLED the new food icon is a graphic of a plate. What a novel concept! That's exactly how we eat... on a plate. It really can't get any simpler than that. Here are some of the key concepts from USDA to help you really get this new My Plate concept:

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.
The messages are pretty simple. Now the real question will become, How can you translate that into your family's dinner plates?

Over time I'll prepare and blog about different meals that reflect these recommendations. I'll post pictures and recipes so you can see exactly what this looks like in real life. In the meanwhile, go check out and browse all of the great info there. Print this new icon and stick it on your fridge! Then you can easily compare your meals to these simple, heathy recommendations!


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