The US Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama announced today a new plate image that will replace the familiar food pyramid. The new image is designed to more clearly represent how we should be eating by portioning a plate into fruits, vegetables, protein and grains. Dairy is included as a small circle that could represent a glass of milk or a cup or yogurt. Healthy eating advocates also stress that the choice of lean meats (or other proteins), whole grains, and low fat or non-fat dairy and portion control is important to a healthy and balanced diet. Ms. Obama also stressed the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
I love this new image. It totally makes sense to me and I can visualize it as I fill my plate or my son’s plate.
What do you think? Will this help you make better food choices? Do you think it will help with this crazy obesity epidemic in America (and other developed countries) or is it a lost cause? What other tips do you have for us new mamas trying to build healthy eaters?