Out with the Food Pyramid

Sending the old food pyramid into the sands of time, First Lady Michelle Obama recently introduced MyPlate to help Americans more easily visualize a healthy diet – one plate at a time.

The plate is divided into four sections representing the basic groups – fruit, vegetables, grains and protein. A smaller circle representing dairy products sits next to the plate.

You can visit USDA’s new ChooseMyPlate.gov web site to see the new plate and get more information on which part of the plate your favorite foods fill as well as what a single portion of a specific food is. Basically, half the plate is fruits and vegetables.

Peanuts and peanut butter continue to be represented in the protein section of the plate. The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage American to eat a plant-based diet which emphasizes vegetables, dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

MyPlate recommends that adults consume 5 ½ ounce-equivalents of protein daily. One tablespoon of peanut butter is equivalent to two ounces of protein – a perfect amount of peanut butter to spread on whole-wheat toast for breakfast!

Blog Post – 6/15/2011. To view previous posts, click on the Spread the Love Blog bar below.

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