Learn to Make a Healthy Plate!

Over the past month, the USDA has launched a new healthy initiative called, “My Plate.” This logo has replaced the My Pyramid, and the goal of My Plate is to make planning and visualizing healthy meals easier for the general public. I really like this new method, considering that Dietitian’s have been teaching this to their patients for years! (Of course, we are the experts!) My Plate is literally a circular plate that is divided into four sections- Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Proteins. There is also a circle at the top corner of the graphic, representing the dairy group (in the form of milk, yogurt, etc.) I think this is a very easy and realistic way to look at nutrition, because you can break down every component of your meal to resemble this icon.

What do you think of the new Healthy Plate initiative?

So, let’s take a dinner meal- I usually like to think that 1/2 of your plate will consist of non-starchy veggies, 1/4 grain or starch, and 1/4 protein. A serving of fruit can always be consumed later as a “dessert.”  The following is a meal that I made completely out of my Hilltop Farms CSA box, including yellow squash, red potatoes, green and wax beans, and local chicken breast from Triple T Farms. This meal was cost-effective, completely local, and perfectly portioned!

A perfectly healthy plate- 1/2 cup green beans, 1/2 cup squash, 1/2 cup roasted potatoes, and 3 oz of grilled chicken breast

For more information, please visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

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