Before we get started on fun healthy recipes... lets talk about My Plate. My Plate is a tool created by USDA to help teach healthy eating. My Plate replaced the former Food Guide Pyramid with the shape of a plate, according the choosemyplate.gov this shape was chosen "as a visual link to food as a familiar mealtime symbol, and to serve as a reminder for healthy eating at each meal."
Each section of the plate represents the 5 food groups that are "building blocks for a healthy diet". Notice that 1/2 of the plate should be occupied by colorful fruits and veggies. FACT: "The bright colors of vegetables, usually are a good indicator that they contain lots of antioxidants and phytochemicals (aka good stuff for your body). Vegetables high in antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer." So they are VITAL for our bodies and should be incorporated in our diet. The other half of the plate is designated for grains, protein and dairy (symbolized as a cup in this model). Each food group plays an important role in our diet, to help our bodies grow and develop properly. Try to replicate this My Plate model at your next mealtime!!!
Reference: www.Choosemyplate.gov for more fun facts and information regarding My Plate.
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