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Then Federal Government has ditched the Food Pyramid in lieu of something more visual — My Plate. The plate is supposed to give you a visual indicator of what your plate at any given meal should contain. Immediately, the internet has been flooded with questions such as “what size is the plate?” Seriously, folks, although we seek a “magical” formula to good healthy eating, really there isn’t one. It’s common sense and time and time again, the same old rules resurface.

In this updated version, here’s the USDA’s spin on the classics:

Balance Calories

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

Foods to Increase

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

Foods to Reduce

• Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.

• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Deep down we all know this…..most times we choose to ignore it. Summer is coming though and fresh fruits and vegetables will abound…..Use your noodle, watch your plate.

 

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