Most of us remember the food guide pyramid as the graphic icon for a healthy diet, but that confusing pyramid has been replaced by a new and improved version called MyPlate. MyPlate is an update icon which shows you what your plate should look like at every meal. The colorful divided plate includes sections for vegetables, fruits, grains, and foods high in protein. With MyPlate, forget about measuring out serving sizes and trying to remember whether a piece a chicken should be the size of a fist or a golf ball. The icon visual shows you what you need:
•fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits
•fill ¼ of the plate with grains and make at least half the grains you serve are whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice
•The other ¼ of your plate should be a protein, like chicken or eggs
•Serve fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk and water rather than sugary drinks
Once you get the concept of MyPlate down, you might be wondering: Do I have to serve all the food groups at each meal? And what about breakfast? Do I really have to veggies for breakfast? No, you don’t, but do aim to serve a variety of food groups at each meal. Use the plate as a guide when planning and serving meals. The goal is to think of the plate as an entire day’s worth of eating: so, throughout the day, try to make half of what you eat vegetables and fruits, and the other half grains and protein foods. It is that simple to create a healthy meal! Exercise is no longer included in the icon, but it’s still an important component of a healthy lifestyle as well. So visit http://www.myplate.org/ and reimage your plate today!