The days of the Food Pyramid are over. Yes, that Ancient Wonder of the World of Healthy Eating we all grew up with has been replaced by a plate. A plain old plate. Sigh…
ChooseMyPlate has replaced the Pyramid as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help us all adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That makes sense, really. We eat off a plate, not a building. Now, using the easily-understandable plate metaphor, all Americans should be able to make better choices. The Plate is partitioned into 4 food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins – with dairy on the side.
The Plate doesn’t really show you what proportions of these foods you should be eating; however, there are some very cool interactive tools on the site that can get you started on a healthy eating plan. There are daily food plans for moms, toddlers and everyone else. There’s a food tracker that is very extensive! And there’s a menu planner to help you eat to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Pretty cool.
So forget about eating like the pharaohs and move into the 21st century. Eat like a modern American — Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov