choose my plate

As of Thursday June 2nd, the food guide pyramid (which I wasn’t a fan of) is no more! Welcome to the plate method. I’m a huge fan, and we’ve actually been using it at camp for a few years now.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.”

If the filled plate looks like the symbol, with lots of fruits and vegetables, she said, “then we’re good, it’s as simple as that.”

It is easy to understand, and I love that it focuses on what we should be eating – not just what we should be removing/reducing from our diets.

From the USDA My Plate website:

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 of 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 website has a lot of information that goes into more detail – what’s a grain, how much protein is needed, etc. for those who aren’t familiar with serving sizes, what constitutes a grain and meal plan ideas and recipes.

What do you think of choose my plate? A step in the right direction? Confusing?

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