Fill your plate the right way

With the introduction of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the long-referenced food pyramid was replaced with MyPlate to help consumers put those guidelines into action and make healthier food choices.

The shape may have shifted from a pyramid to a plate, but the message remains the same: <b>dairy is an important part of every meal</b>. It’s a fact: low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt are nutrient-rich food choices, and whether they are in the glass or on the plate, the dairy group contributes essential nutrients to every meal.

The <i>MyPlate</i> tool is a great reminder of how important and easy it is to get a serving of low-fat or fat-free dairy at every meal, which is a good way to meet the recommended daily servings:

3 cups for those 9 and older

2 ½ cups for those ages 4-8

2 cups for those ages 2-3

The DGA say that most Americans are lacking in 4 major nutrients:  vitamin D, calcium, potassium and dietary fiber. Lucky for you that milk happens to be the #1 source for three of those four—vitamin D, calcium and potassium! So, add one more serving of dairy each day to help fill in those nutrient gaps, and enjoy the delicious taste in the process!

Further Resources

30 Days of Dairy

Nutrient-Rich Foods Navigation: Enjoying Nutrient-Rich Foods First (PDF)

Seven Ways to Size Up the Servings(PDF)

Nutrient Rich Shopping Service

Daily Dash Diary.

To find out more about <i>MyPlate</i> and how it can help change the way you and your family eat, visit their website <a title=”choosemyplate.gov” href=”http://www.choosemyplate.gov”>

www.choosemyplate.gov</a>