Use the USDA MyPlate icon as your guide for heatlhy eating and see how easy it can be with these quick and easy recipes.


After 19 years of the MyPyramid icon, the USDA has replaced the pyramid with a plate in a effort to present a simple, realistic approach to healthy eating. The hope is that along with the Let’s Move! campaign organized by Michelle Obama, the MyPlate food icon will guide Americans toward making healthier food choices as well as being active. And, as of February 2013, MyRecipes is working with Let's Move, the Partnership for Healthier America, (PHA), and USDA's MyPlate for give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates.Along with a coaltion of media partners, we'll be pinning healthy recipes to the MyPlate boards on Pinterest so you can see how easy it is to build a healthy meal.

Interpreting the Plate

MyPlate is a quick and easy guide for busy American families to know which foods they need and just how much they should have of each at a single meal. Broken into 4 sections (protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables) with a side of dairy, the key consumer messages from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are easily represented.

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 your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Choose a variety of protein foods( seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans, soy products, unsalted nuts and seeds)

Foods to Reduce

  • Reduce foods high in salt and sodium
  • Limit foods high in solid fats and added sugars

Let's Eat!

Adapting the MyPlate icon to make it look like your actual plate at the dinner table may be easier than you think. When you are armed with healthy recipes and ideas, you can see how to make better choices for your family. Here are some of our favorite recipes that create a well-balanced plate.





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