The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replace the nutritional chart that many of us grew up with—the food pyramid—with a simpler food plate. The food plate graphically illustrates the recommended portions for each food group. The most important message they would like to communicate is that half of your meal should be made up of fruits and vegetables.
The intent is to provide a visual representation so that people begin to understand balance and portion size when filling their plate. The ChooseMyPlate.gov site provides additional information about the importance of exercise to maintain a healthy weight. There is also information to help you determine portion size for specific foods.
Now it’s not just your mama telling you to eat your vegetables!