MyPlate Kristin Nasatka

Vegetable Food Group

What is MyPlate?

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, a food circle depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into the 5 food groups. MyPlate is a reminder to eat healthy and build your eating style throughout your lifetime. The main key points of MyPlate is to focus on variety, amount and nutrition, to choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium and added sugar, also, start with small changes to build a healthier eating style and lastly to help support healthy eating for everyone.

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What is MyPlate used for?

MyPlate is used to promote messages based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is used for nutritional education to learn how to eat a balanced, healthy meal and to also learn serving sizes of each food group that is needed daily.

Grain Food Group

There are 5 food groups:

-Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Lean Meats & Poultry, and Milk

Fruit Food Group

What is a serving equal to?

A serving is equal to;

Fruit group- a medium apple

Vegetable group- 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables

Grain group- 1 cup of ready to eat cereal

Meat group(Protein)- 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish

Dairy group- 1 cup of fat-free milk

Dairy Food Group

What are the nutrients from the food groups?

All of the 5 food groups offer essential nutrients in our diets. Fruit offers potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C and folate. Vegetables offer potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C. Grain offers dietary fiber, several B vitamins (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (such as iron, magnesium and selenium). Protein foods such as meat, poultry and fish offer lots of proteins and B vitamins. Lastly, dairy offers calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

Protein Food Group ( Meat, Poultry, Eggs)

What are some tools on ChooseMyPlate.gov?

TOOL #1. Daily Checklist is the first tool you can use on ChooseMyPlate.gov. The MyPlate Daily Checklist shows your food group targets. This is what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.

TOOL #2. What's Cooking? is another great tool you can use on ChooseMyPlate.gov. It is an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping. The site features a searchable database of healthy recipes, options to build a cookbook, print recipe cards, and share recipes via social media.

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