The concept of MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal.
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate.
The key components of the ChooseMyPlate concept is to make sure that half of the plate is fill of fruits and vegetables, with a little less than a quarter being lean proteins, the balance being whole grains and your dairy choices should be low fat. It's that easy!
The new guidelines focus on 3 key areas...
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid over sized portions
Foods to Increase
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Go lean with protein
- Eat calcium rich foods and 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
Visit the ChooseMyPlate.gov website to learn more about healthy eating with tips, videos, diet plans, games, activities and a nutrition and fitness tracking calculator.
SuperTracker - your personal Nutrition and Fitness tracking tool
Get on track to a new healthier you...it's time to create your own personal nutrition and fitness plan using the new USDA SuperTracker.
This new nutrition and fitness tracking tool combines the simplicity of the ChooseMyPlate visual diagram for recommended foods with the importance of getting a healthy dose of physical activity heralded in the Let's Move campaign.
You can track what you eat, record minutes of exercise, watch your weight, and then best of all, track your progress through a series of easy to use graphical calculators and reports.
Think of the SuperTracker as your very own personal trainer that helps you put together your personal health plan, setting personal health and fitness goals, and then tracks and coaches your progress.
When setting up your personal profile you can customize the activities you like to do and the duration you like to do them. SuperTracker is the complete package.
MyPlace Kid's Place
The MyPlate Kid's Place is a brand new section of the ChooseMyPlate website that is packed full of interactive resources designed to keep today's tech savy kids engaged and entertained...all while learning about nutrition and how to stay physically fit.
Full of games, activities, songs and videos parents love it too!
The ChooseMyPlate concept was released June 2, 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama, and the USDA under the leadership of Tom Vislack, Secretary of Agriculture. The old Food Pyramid has been replaced with new
simpler concept of ChooseMyPlate. This simple plate method of meal planning has long been used by dieticians and provides an easy familiar graphic of the dinner plate to help better understand the 2010 Dietary Guidelines of how we should be choosing a healthy diet. Click on www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to see more info.