MyPlate is a visual guide to encourage Americans to eat a variety of foods and build healthy meals. Experts believe the best and most simple way to improve Americans’ diets and combat obesity is to have Americans focus more on the proportion of each food group on their plates rather than trying to keep track of the number of servings from each group or being overly focused on the number of calories consumed throughout the day.
- Eat a variety of foods from each food group to meet nutrient needs
- Consume more nutrient-rich foods by filling half the plate with fruits & vegetables
- Decrease the number of empty calories from fats & sweets, while also decreasing overall number of calories consumed at meals
- Decrease consumption of foods high in fat, sodium and/or sugar
- Aim to prepare more meals at home
- Modify protein intake to be line with actual needs
It is important to remember that protein foods – meats, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes and nuts – should only make up ¼ of the meal. Most adults can meet their protein needs with just 6 oz. equivalents of lean proteins per day. (For reference, a 3 oz. serving of lean protein is about the size of a deck of cards.)
The majority of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, so aim to have your lean meat at lunch and dinner be no more than 3 oz., and then fill up on fruits and vegetables. This will help you decrease calories and consume more fiber and important vitamins and minerals.
This meal offers up a tasty, savory solution for adding cooked fruits to your meals, while taking advantage of the great in-season fall harvest. Be sure to pay attention to the portion size of the pork chop and rice. Aim to have your plate look like MyPlate!
Sweet Potato & Apple Pork Chops Recipe