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The New USDA Food Plate Icon



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As a family who has been using the healthy plate idea for over 4 years, I can tell you that it works!  My kids know they need to add fruits and vegetables to every single meal.  It’s been ingrained in their heads just by looking at the plate, every time we sit down to eat.

The image of the plate is perfect! It is great because:

  • It teaches kids balanced portions.  No matter how much you eat, just using half your plate for fruits and vegetables will keep you healthy!
  • It focuses on food that should be included in your diet, rather than foods that are considered “bad” for you.
  • No matter what dietary values you have, it is applicable to everyone.  Low carb, low fat, gluten free, vegetarian, etc.  They all can have application to the plate.
  • It’s simple! Finally an image that people can relate to as it pertains to what we are actually putting on our plates!

Here are some of our meal ideas we’ve used while eating on the plate.  It isn’t always easy to eat this way. I will be first to admit it. But sharing meal ideas to make it work will help all of us eat this way!

my plate for kids USDA new food icon Kids Healthy Food Plate
Balanced meal ideas using myplate Portion plate with meal ideas healthy habits plate
Kids plate dietary guidelines cafe rio salad kids veggie sub sandwich
pea salad on portion plate stirfry chicken and rice cabbage salad 2
green bean casserole tropical fruit salad 2 kids plate pink salad
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DSC_1148 DSC_0739 Ginger Orange Carrots
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Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Congrats Amy, this is wonderful news. I love the collage of foods, need to hang this on my fridge to admire. Great job!!

I absolutely LOVE your blog! I stumbled upon it a month ago and am amazed on all the great information that you continue to post!

Thank you so much! I love the plate too!

yes, I’m super pumped about saying goodbye to the pyramid too! When teaching health, the kids seemed to NOT relate to that pyramid AT ALL, so like you said…I totally think this will be a huge step in the right direction!

I want a plate! How do I order? I just need two of them!

I lokve your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this
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