Nutrition 101. Five key food groups

Let’s say you can only allocate one min for a nutrition related thought. OK. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate. MyPlate is a simplified way to ensure that the five key food groups considered to be the building blocks for a healthy diet find a place on your plate.

Memorize this picture of the plate with its vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, dairy (1% fat or less, please). Note that Fruits and Vegetables take up half of the plate. At every meal, compare this mental image to your actual plate. Do you see all five?

For an extra parenting Gold Star: have your kid draw a plate with examples of each of the five food groups.

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