Understanding the MyPlate Plan
Let’s start with the basics. MyPlate is a helpful guide to eating well every day. The MyPlate picture shows you the 5 food groups that you need to include for healthy daily meals. Within each food group, there are loads of options!
Find your own Personal MyPlate Plan here. Or get your Eat Well & Spend Less with MyPlate Guide (PDF) here.
MyPlate Food Groups For all Cultures
Dairy Products: Cheese (including cotija, Oaxaca, paneer, queso fresco), kefir, milk (including lactose-free milk), yogurt
*If you don't include dairy foods in your diet, that’s OK! You can get the calcium needed for bone health through canned fish, soy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods. For more info, visit: Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium from ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Add Flavor, Not Fat
Swap the Fats
Spice it Up
Healthy foods can still taste good! Add flavor to meals with herbs and spices instead of salt. Some of our favorite salt free spice blends include:
MyPlate Around the World
Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Carrots, Bean Sprouts
Roasted Chicken Leg
Macaroni and Cheese
Want More Info on MyPlate?
- For more on MyPlate and a tour of each food group, visit our MyPlate page.
- MyPlate Inspired Dishes from Around the World – from Eat Smart, Move More from the Virginia Family Nutrition Program
- Healthy Plates Around the World – from The Institute for Family Health
- 10 Tips: Enjoy Foods from Many Cultures – English PDF, EspañolPDF