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MyPyramid: Steps to a healther you

Take a look at ChooseMyPlate.gov

The USDA has created a website to help people learn about healthy eating. MyPlate is created from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. These science-based guidelines provide advice about making the best food choices for optimal health. At ChooseMyPlate.gov, you can read these guidelines and use the Personalized Plan section to create your own daily food plan.

Make half your grains whole

Eat at least 3 oz. of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta every day.

1 oz. is about 1 slice of bread, about 1 cup of breakfast cereal, or 1/2 cup of cooked rice, cereal, or pasta.

Eat 6 oz. every day

Vary your veggies

Eat more dark-green veggies like broccoli, spinach, and other dark leafy greens.

Eat more orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.

Eat more dry beans and peas like pinto beans, kidney beans, and lentils.

Eat 2½ cups every day.

Focus on fruits

Eat a variety of fruit

Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit.

Go easy on fruit juices.

Eat 2 cups every day.

Get your calcium-rich foods

Go low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk, yogurt, and other milk products.

If you don't or can't consume milk, choose lactose-free products or other calcium sources such as fortified foods and beverages.

Get 3 cups every day; for kids aged 2 to 8, it's 2

Go lean with protein

Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry.

Bake it, broil it, or grill it.

Vary your protein routine – choose more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.

Eat 5½ oz. every day.

Nutrition Tips

Do you know that more isn't always better when consuming vitamins? Fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, & K can be toxic when consumed in excess. Fat soluble vitamins, unlike water soluble vitamins, cannot be excreted in your urine when consumed in excess. Thus, it is important to get your vitamins from foods, instead of vitamin supplements, which can be expensive and toxic!