On June 2, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack released the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid icon and provides a visual to educate consumers about creating a balanced, healthy diet based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
Build a healthy plate
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Choosing nutrient-rich foods like dairy products, grains, vegetables, fruits, and protein help you get the nutrients you need without too many calories.
Try some of these options.
- Aim for including at least three out of the five food groups when planning meals
- Include two food groups when planning snacks
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
- Make at least half your grains whole
- Vary your lean protein food choices