The USDA just unveiled the new My Plate icon aimed at helping Americans make healthier choices one plate at a time. This model is suppose to encourage Americans to follow these seven guidelines:
1) Enjoy your food, but eat less.
2) Avoid oversized portions.
3) Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
4) Make at least half your grains whole grains.
5) Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
6) Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
7) Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
These are all great messages, but this model can easily get misinterpreted by Americans. Without eduction this My Plate model may still lead to poor eating choices. To demonstrate how this model can be messed up, I have laid out five meals. Each meal has two mistakes. If you leave a comment trying to correctly identify the 2 mistakes in each picture your name will be entered in a drawing for a FREE $10 Starbucks gift card. Drawing will be held at 5 PM on June 13th.
I wanted to show you these common errors, in hopes that YOU won’t make them!
Meal 1: 1 cup mixed berries, 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk, 2 scrambled eggs with chopped red peppers and 1 oz. of low-fat cheddar cheese, and 3 slices of whole wheat bread
Meal 2: 1 small apple, 1 2/3 cups french fries, 4 oz. grilled chicken, 1 cup whole wheat couscous, and 1 cup chocolate ice cream
Meal 3: 1 1/3 cups steamed green beans, 6 oz fried chicken, 1 cup pasta salad, 1 small banana, and 1 cup low-fat yogurt
Meal 4: 2 cups high fiber cereal, 1 cup 1% milk, and a 16 oz. glass of apple juice
Meal 5: glass of water, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1 1/2 cups carrots, 2 slice of whole wheat bread with 2 Tbs. of peanut butter, and a tumbler of skim milk
Don’t try this at home…without RD supervision 😉
Next, week I will show you how to properly use the My Plate model and explain what mistakes were made in each meal !