New nutrition guidelines: Meet MyPlate!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recently released a new tool to help you eat right: MyPlate. This system, which completely replaces the old MyPyramid guidelines, was designed to help you quickly and easily make the best choices when having a meal.

Whether at home or a restaurant, model your dish after MyPlate and remember these guidelines:

  • Make half your grains whole. Choose whole grain breads, wheat pasta and brown rice.
  • Focus on fruits. Try a new fruit every week, like kiwifruits, mangoes, blackberries and more! Buy frozen fruits for a cool snack on a hot day.
  • Vary your veggies. Mix it up with different-colored veggies daily. Broccoli, carrots, yellow squash and red peppers are all tasty and offer different types of important nutrients.
  • Go lean with protein. Choose white meat chicken, turkey, beans and tofu as your main protein sources.
  • Get your calcium-rich foods. Select low-fat milk, yogurt and cottage cheese for bone health.

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Information provided by Janis H. Mena, MPH, RD, LD/N, Coordinator, SHCC Nutrition Services