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Start Simple With MyPlate

A new campaign to promote healthful eating was launched in mid-March by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and you can help promote the messages to your family and friends through social media from Twitter to Facebook. (You also can share in other ways, such as conversations.)

A new campaign to promote healthful eating was launched in mid-March by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and you can help promote the messages to your family and friends through social media from Twitter to Facebook. (You also can share in other ways, such as conversations.)

1.  Think of a simple thing you do to eat more healthfully in your everyday life.
2.  Share an eating tip that helps you meet the MyPlate Food Group goals:

    • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
    • Focus on whole fruits.
    • Vary your veggies.
    • Make half your grains whole grains.
    • Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt.
    • Vary your protein routine.
    • Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat and added sugars.

3.  Share your MyPlate healthy eating idea on social media. Show us what you do to eat healthfully.

  • Tag @MyPlate in the video or photo.
  • Use the hashtags: #StartSimplewithMyPlate and #MyPlateChallenge
  • Share this page with your post: go.usa.gov/xEcNE

4.  Tag a family member, friend or co-worker and ask them to share how they meet their MyPlate Food Group goals and eat healthfully. For example, “I challenge Jackie to share her MyPlate healthful eating idea.”

5.  Got another idea? Share more. Feel free to share as many MyPlate healthful eating ideas as you want. Don’t forget to tag a friend, tag MyPlate and use the hashtags #StartSimplewithMyPlate and #MyPlateChallenge.

 

These are some tips based on the information at www.choosemyplate.gov/StartSimpleChallenge

Fruits - Focus on whole fruits:

  • Include fruit at breakfast. Top whole-grain cereal with your favorite fruit, add berries to pancakes or mix dried fruit into hot oatmeal.
  • Try a new fruit for a snack. Fruits vary in vitamins and minerals, so mix it up!
  • Add your favorite fresh or canned fruit to a salad or enjoy as a side.

Vegetables - Vary your veggies:

  • Cook a variety of colorful veggies. Make extra vegetables and save some for later. Use them for a stew, soup or a pasta dish.
  • Make each meal colorful by adding red, dark-green, yellow or orange vegetables to your plate. 
  • Use dark leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce and spinach, to make salads. Add red and orange veggies for extra color and nutrition. 

Grains - Make half your grains whole grains:

  • Add brown rice to your stir-fry dishes. Combine your favorite veggies and protein foods for a nutritious meal.
  • Use whole-grain bread when making a sandwich. If you choose refined-grain bread, make sure it's enriched by checking the ingredient list. 
  • Pack a whole-grain snack for work or when you’re on the go. Whole-grain cereal or crackers and plain popcorn are great choices.

Protein Foods - Vary your protein routine: 

  • Next taco night, try adding a new protein, such as shrimp, beans, chicken or beef.
  • Make colorful kabobs with your favorite protein foods and veggies. Enjoy the kabobs grilled or roasted.
  • Serve seafood twice a week. It's simple! Make patties with canned salmon, crab or tuna, or use them on a seafood sandwich. 

Dairy - Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt:

  • Enjoy a low-fat yogurt parfait for breakfast. Top with fruit and nuts to get in two more food groups.
  • Be a role model. Parents and caregivers who drink milk and eat dairy foods show kids that this is important for their health. 
  • Leave room for some milk in your morning caffeine routine. Make or order your coffee, latte or cappuccino with low-fat milk.

Source: www.choosemyplate.gov

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