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Make healthy choices with MyPlate

What do the Incredible Hulk and MyPlate have in common?

Two things: One, they both include the color green, and two, they are both celebrating a birthday!

The Incredible Hulk is celebrating its 50th anniversary (it first appeared in 1962), while MyPlate will be celebrating its first year this June.

One year ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced their new and improved health food icon, MyPlate, which replaced MyPyramid.

As MyPlate celebrates its first birthday, it also wants to remind Americans that it is possible to eat healthfully at every meal. MyPlate illustrates easy and fun ways to make healthy food choices by encouraging consumers to make half of their plate fruits and vegetables, and to choose whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy.

MyPlate also encourages Americans to balance calories by increasing the intake of healthy food and decreasing high fat/high sugary foods in their daily diet.

One strategy to make dinner plates look more like the new USDA’s healthy eating icon is to colorize! That is, filling most of the plate with different colors. Continue Reading »

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