The New Food Pyramid
Did you know that in 2011, the USDA changed the beloved Food Pyramid into the new and shiny Food Plate? The change didn't alter the amount of each of the 5 food groups recommended, but it helps give a better visual of what a balanced plate looks like.
In a nutshell, divide up your plate into 4 and fill each quadrant with the following:
1. Veggies (2.5 cups) 2. Fruits (2 cups) 3. Grains (ideally whole grain, 6 oz) 4. Protein (5.5 oz) and then add some 5. Dairy (3 cups)
When putting together a balanced meal, try to choose fresh. Fresh produce will yield you more nutrients than something that is canned or packaged. In the summer months, utilizing local farmer's markets is a favorite way to support local and get deliciously fresh goodness in all 5 categories. Don't have a farmer's market nearby? A great resource to see what is grown locally in your state is myfoodplate.gov/myplate-mystate.
Now if only cupcakes could somehow fit onto the Food Plate