My pyramid is gone and Michele Obama has ushered in my plate. It’s a simpler way to keep track of of your nutrition at each meal. It’s still color coded and it still says basically the same thing. It’s just repackaged. I think this version will be a lot easier to use and the visual may help with America’s portion distortion. When I took a look at it (myplate.gov) it seamed like all the blocks were pretty much the same size. The vegetable and grain plate wedges were a little larger than the protein and fruit plate wedges. The dairy is smaller and in the shape of a glass to the side of the plate. Note that half of your meal should be made up of fruits and vegetables. Fats, oils and sweets are not part of the plate. This means they should be used sparingly. Vegetables loaded up with butter and sauces are missing the point. So are fruits covered in sugar and syrup. Half of grains should be whole grains. The white stuff alone won’t cut it. Filling half your plate with french fried and ketchup and calling it veggies, well, you’re just fooling yourself.
The moral of the story is use the plate as a reference along with your common sense and it should help you to eat a more nutritios, more balanced meal. Now who is going to make a million dollars manufacturing kid’s “My Plates” to sell to the public??