3. Follow the MyPlate guidelines.
You’ve known it exists for decades now, but how much thought and attention have you really given to the Food Pyramid?
First created in Sweden in 1974, the Food Pyramid became mainstream in the United States when the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced its version in 1992.
It was updated in 2005 and then in 2011, switched over entirely to a similar MyPlate visual, which depicts how much space on your plate each food category should take up.
While it would be maddening and nearly impossible to make sure that you fulfill all the nutrition requirements for every single meal, you can start small and endeavor to meet the criteria at least once per day.
Then, work your way up to twice per day, and so forth.
Put simply, MyPlate mandates that your plate should consist of:
There’s also a small allocation for a dairy component, such as a yogurt cup.
The good news? The USDA has made it incredibly easy to keep these portions top of mind. Head over to their website, where you’ll find tons of resourceful printables
, such as grocery lists and food safety checklists for children.
Print them out and hang them where you’ll be sure to see them. Then, the next time you’re tempted to fill your plate with 95% carbs and 5% veggies (we’ve all been there), you’ll be reminded to reach for a healthier alternative.