Last week, the USDA said good bye to the iconic food pyramid and hello to a newer and simpler icon called MyPlate. The MyPlate icon (see image above) was designed to help Americans make healthy food decisions each day based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines (link: http://www.healthyfamilyfun.org/fun-with-food/march-is-national-nutrition-month/). The new icon reminds us all to make half of our plate fruits and vegetables while also balancing the other food groups—whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy.
MyPlate also serves as a great reminder to watch the size of your portions! Here are a few ways to be sure your child’s portions are the right size:
- Use smaller bowls and plates for your child.
- If your child says they are full, do not force them to finish their meal.
- Portions should be about the size of the back of a fist. Use your child’s fist to judge the size of their portions.
- If you’re eating out, share a dish with someone else or take half of your meal home.
For additional ideas and tips to keep your plate healthy, visit MyPlate’s Tip Sheet.
Do you think it will be easy for your family to use MyPlate as a guide?
What questions do you have about MyPlate?