New “Food Plate” Replaces Food Pyramid

I’m sure that everybody remembers the good ol’ food pyramid.  Yes, the one you were taught about in grade school.  I remember thinking it was the greatest thing ever because it told you to eat 6-11 servings of grains per day, and I definitely succeed in that area. Over the years, they have switched up the portion sizes and made some minor changes, but nothing crazy.  Until now. Keep reading to find out more!

See the photo above?  That’s the new food pyramid!  “Well, that’s not a pyramid!” you say?  Correct!  It’s a plate, and that plate is your new way to measure healthy eating.

This new “healthy plate” is a model of what your meals should look like.  There should be plenty of whole grains and vegetables, plus some lean protein and fruit.  You should also have a small serving of low-fat dairy, as well.   The USDA has also included some general guidelines, stating that you should eat smaller portions, measure your sodium intake, and drink water instead of sugary drinks.

For those of you who want to start adhering to the rules of the healthy plate (and you should!) here are some great recipes to try:

Tropical Zest Fruit Salad
Spring Fruit Salad
Frozen Fruit Bars

Quinoa and Wild Rice Pilaf
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Herbs
Whole Grain Bread

Asparagus Almondine
Garlic Spinach
Green Beans with Almonds and Balsamic Vinegar

Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon
Salmon with Honey Mustard
Baked Pork Loin Chops

Fresh Fruit with Greek Yogurt
Yogurt Parfait
Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For more information about the new Food Plate, visit

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  • Suzy

    Of course, if you were in grade school more than 20 years ago, you learned about the “Four Food Groups!” :-)

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