Healthy Eating

USDA_MyPlate_green-mediumMaking Simple Changes

Individuals and families can make simple changes in food choices that make a big difference in our health. The resources available through ChooseMyPlate.gov can help you create a lifestyle and environment that supports nutritious eating and healthy living.

MyPlate reminds Americans to think about healthier choices. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients needed to build a better plate, meal, or snack.

ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical tips and tools to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, children and families.

How Do I Eat a Healthier Diet?

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Add lean protein
  • Make at least half your grains whole
  • Savor food and eat more slowly
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Compare the sodium in your foods
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Tips to Keep You Going

  • Use a Smaller Plate. Use smaller plates to help with portion control. A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories.
  • Eat Some Foods Less Often. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs, sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.
  • Eat the Right Amount of Food for You. People who are successful at managing their weight track how much they eat every day, even if they don’t count every calorie. Make more meals at home, where you can control the amount and what goes in your food.
  • Try New Foods. Keep it interesting by picking out new foods you have not tried before, like mango, lentils or kale. You may find a new favorite! Go to ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.

Other Healthy Eating Resources

Healthy Eating website – University of Minnesota Extension

SuperTracker website – USDA
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Breastfeeding Information

Talk with your doctor or health professional about special dietary education and resources