Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Plate

This is what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) says your plate should look like. What used to be the food pyramid had been revised to a more comprehensible icon for the American public to see what we should be eating. It's pretty much the same concept, just easier to picture for three meals a day. This is the basic breakdown with recommended daily servings for a three year old (Graham's age).

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables - Fruit 1 cup/day, Veggies 1 cup/day
Make at least half of your grains whole grains - 3 oz equivalents/day
Choose lean, low fat or vegetarian sources of protein - 2 oz equivalents/day (beans, seeds, and nuts are vegetables, but also considered part of the protein group).
Choose low fat dairy - 2 cups/day
Use fats and oils that are liquid at room temperature - 3 teaspoons/day

There are charts here that have daily serving sizes for all other age groups.

There is also a new food tracker application that can be used to run six different reports to help analyze daily intake and food goals. It can also help track physical activity. The new tool is called the SuperTracker.

These are just some helpful tools in planning meals for yourself and your family.

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