Use “MyPlate” to Build a Mindful Plate by Cheryl Marsland, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC – Dietetics & Nutrition Program Director at Melbourne Campus

Using the MyPlate guidelines assists kids and parents in creating healthy meals.   The graphic helps kids and parents visualize what goes on their plate while learning about nutrition.  MyPlate guidelines promote healthy nutrition by teaching parents and kids important nutrition concepts including – 1) half of your plate should be made up of fruits and vegetables, 2) with a 1/4th of your plate to include lean protein foods and 3) the other 1/4th of your plate to include a variety of grains – making half your choices whole grains, and don’t forget 4) to include low fat dairy choices.

Parents and kids can incorporate their food preferences by choosing a variety of foods that match each of the MyPlate icons.  The visual guide works great because regardless of your family’s food preferences and cultural traditions, parents and children can learn how foods in their family fit into a healthy diet.  The icons don’t limit the types of foods in each category and can help parents and kids learn to identify what types of foods fit in each part of their plate.  The MyPlate graphic gives a visual guide to develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods.  It also creates opportunities for families to talk about food choices and enjoy everything that a healthful and tasty meal brings with it.  That’s the best way to savor the flavor of eating right.

You can visit the site and print out a healthy plate picture to post in your pantry or refrigerator.

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