Now compare your grocery list to MyPlate. Half of your list should include fruits (~20%) and vegetables (~30%) just like MyPlate does. The other half of your list should include grains (~30%) and protein (~20%). Also include dairy products like low-fat milk and yogurt. Don’t forget healthy fats to add to meals too (even though that group is not pictured on MyPlate); examples are nuts, peanut butter, olive oil and avocado.
Now you’ve got all the ingredients to build a healthy plate at meal time!
Guest contributor: Abby Olson, Saint Louis University Dietetic Intern