Thursday, November 1, 2012

Eating Healthy during the Holidays

Eating nutritiously is an important part of good health. In June 2011, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) released a new food icon to help teach Americans to eat better. It is called Myplate. Myplate was developed using the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The main principles of Myplate include:

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ―
  • and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Want to learn more about MyPlate? Check out the website, which contains a wealth of resources based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help individuals meet nutrient and calorie needs and make positive eating choices.

Courtesy Utah State University Cooperative Extension

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