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MyPlate: The New Way to Find Healthy Recipes Online

Feb 26, 2013
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WomansDay.com is thrilled to announce our partnership with the White House, Michelle Obama'sLet's Move!campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s MyPlate campaign to make it easier to find nutritious recipes your whole family will enjoy. Recipes on WomansDay.com that meet the USDA's nutritional standards will now feature the colorful MyPlate icon you see here.

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A departure and upgrade from the familiar food pyramid, MyPlate is a simple visual reminder of the healthy food and portion choices we should make at each meal. The graphic depicts how much of every dish should be filled with fruits, veggies, protein and grains, and the cup in the logo is a reminder to work in low-fat dairy at every sitting.

During the unveiling of MyPlate, First Lady Michelle Obama said, "Parents don't have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving. But we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates. And as long as they're eating proper portions, then we're good. It's as simple as that."

The new icon is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and might surprise you with its recommendation that half our daily meals should consist of vegetables and fruits. No more 16-oz portions of meat with a measly piece of broccoli on the side! Now, when you surf WomansDay.com for your favorite recipes, it'll be crystal clear which ones are MyPlate-inspired.

WomansDay.com is ecstatic about the White House's revamped image and idea of nutrition, but MyPlate is only one part of the First Lady's multi-year effort to raise awareness about eating well. You can start your own plan to get healthy today—take a peek at some of our favorite MyPlate-inspired recipes that'll take you from breakfast to dinner.






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