Good Question: How Do You Eat From The New ‘Food Plate?’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is the biggest change in the U.S. government’s visual representation of how we should eat — since the last time the government issued a visual representation of how we should eat.

Out with the food pyramid; in with the food plate. So, what would it really look like if we ate the food the United States Department of Agriculture suggests?

“I think it’s a huge step forward in helping people understand how to eat better,” said Sue Moores, a Registered Dietitian, echoing most of what farmers and nutritionists have been saying.

My Plate shows a plate with close to equal parts of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains along with a side serving of dairy.

Unlike the 1984 Food Wheel,and the 2005 multi-colored My Pyramid, this concept is simple.

“Half of what I eat at every meal should be fruits and/or vegetables,” said Moores.

Moores prepared a sample menu: for breakfast, a serving of whole grain cereal, mixed with yogurt and sliced strawberries. Not many eat vegetables at breakfast.

“Right, the point is that half of what you eat should be produce,” said Moores.

Lunch is simple: a cheeseburger on a whole grain bun, topped with spinach.

“Still have this half a plate to fill up with fruits and vegetables,” said Moores.

She used strawberries on the side, and suggested adding another side salad.

For dinner, Moores suggests, “a chicken breast, for protein a serving is the size of a deck of cards. The whole grain is brown rice, there’s mango and green beans.”

Three filling meals all within the guidelines, and even room to spare for some healthy snacks, said Moores.

“Maybe not at every meal, but over the day if you say, ‘half of what I had was fruits or vegetables,’ it’s pretty easy,” she said.

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  • Mind Reader

    Good, we have a standard set now, so let’s start eliminating the jobs of those who came up with this theory. That will save money so we can reduce our taxes and can afford these expensive fruits and vegetables.

    • Mike

      Mind Reader

      Instead of whining all the time about taxes, why not incorporate yourself and hide your money through loopholes and expenditures like the people who are actually causing you to give up more of yours? Another option would be to stop making so much money, that would also reduce your tax burden. A third option would be to move to Somalia, a libertarian paradise.

      • Mind Reader

        Disect yopur reply:
        1. Cheat
        2. Become Lazy
        3. Run away

        Typical liberal reactions

    • Mark from

      Mark from MN Tax Waste
      Great Call!

  • Mark from

    Great now the Obama Socialist Goernment is telling us how to eat! That Tea Party is sounding better and better

  • Adam

    Fruits and vegetables expensive? They are the least expensive part of my grocery trips.

  • Travis

    And the grand spokes person for this new food plate is Michelle Obama. A person who’s a ss has grown 6 sizes in the last two years rotflmao

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    Does anyone remember how we got all the food groups in pizza…meat dairy veggies and of course our grains. We found it in the pyramid, now we can do the same here…lets see big mack..meat , fries veggies , dairy (the shake) and the fruit..of course the tomatoe on the burger..we all know what is good and not good for us, the government didn’t flash a big revelation here..It is personal responsibility, but I can relate on not having time to prepare healthy meals as I did when I was younger, and you have to admit the pizza and burger tastes a whole lot better.

  • This won't change anything

    A new Food Plate (or Pyramid or whatever) isn’t going to change the way people eat. It’s personal responsiblity. This is a ‘feel good’ movement.

  • K.

    I cannot follow this diet and there may be others out there like me. I have to eat a low fiber diet which pretty much eliminates a lot of the fruits & vegetables and all of the whole grains & cereals. My diet is unheard of to people but it’s a result of the radiation treatments I had for cancer (I get small bowel obstructions easily). I wish I could eat this way. But, if I ate like this recommendation states, I’d end up in the emergency room. So, it’s not for everyone…………most people…………..but not everyone.

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