March is National Nutrition Month as promoted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). The theme this year is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” What does that mean you might ask?
As a registered dietitian, the concept is easy to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” The new food guidance system developed by the United States Department of Agriculture and promoted by first lady Michelle Obama is the “ChooseMyPlate.”
“ChooseMyPlate” suggests a healthful plate of food will contain half the plate of fruits and vegetables, ¼ plate of grains (preferably whole grains) and ¼ plate lean protein and one serving of lowfat/fat free dairy. Easy, right? Follow those easy steps and you too can “get your plate in shape.”
For more information on “ChooseMyPlate” you can go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
To personalize the MyPlate information for your personal height, weight, age, gender, physical activity level go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx
Good nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult, just go back to the basics: 1/2 your plate fruits and vegetables, 1/4 of your plate grains (mostly whole grains: 1/4 of your plate lean protein and a lowfat/fat free dairy serving. Make your plate colorful and bring joy and ease back to eating.