Archive | June 10, 2011

Healthy Eating Made Easy – My Plate replaces My Pyramid

by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

Last week, USDA unveiled a new visual tool to remind all of us how to make healthier food choices – My Plate.

My Plates’ intent is to help you easily build a healthy plate for you and your family. It is a more practical way to show you just what the 2010 Dietary Guidelines mean.

As you can see, you should devote half your plate to fruits and vegetables along with moderate portions of grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products.

So, what do you think of My Plate? Will this tool help you and your family?

In addition to My Plate, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines messages are:

Balance Calories

• Enjoy your food, but eat less.
• Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
• Make at least half your grains whole grains

Foods to Reduce

• Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

For more information, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. Additional resources include: www.DietaryGuidelines.gov and www.LetsMove.gov.