MyPlate is based on the 2012 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. It is a visual representation of a place setting that incorporates the five food groups to make up a healthy meal. The MyPlate is only meant as a reminder to eat healthy; the size of the plate and the amount of food on the plate is different for each individual. See a registered dietitian to determine the amount that is right for you whether you want to lose, gain, or maintain your weight.
When building your own healthy plate, keep these key messages in mind:
- 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.
- Foods to Reduce: Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose foods with lower numbers. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.