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How to Follow the USDA MyPlate Dietary Guidelines

Watch more Healthy Eating videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to follow the USDA MyPlate dietary guidelines, and replace the pyramid, with USDA recommendations. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Picture a plate Picture a plate divided into 4 sections -- fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. Fruit and vegetables should fill half the plate, with veggies taking up a little more room than fruits; divide the other side between grains and protein, with grains getting a bit more space. Now envision a small cup next to your plate, marked "Dairy." Not soda. Dairy. Tip Go to to find daily MyPlate requirements of each food group according to age, gender, and level of physical activity. Step 2: Mix it up Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables so your body gets a range of nutrients. Eating produce of different colors is an easy way to do so. Step 3: Choose your protein wisely Get your protein from omega-3 rich seafood; lean meats and poultry; eggs; nuts; seeds; and beans. Avoid processed meats like bacon and hot dogs. Tip String beans are vegetables, not protein. Step 4: Eat more whole grains When filling a quarter of your plate with grains, make sure that at least half of them are whole grains, meaning they contain the entire grain kernel. Examples include whole-wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal, and brown rice. Step 5: Choose fat free or low fat dairy Choose dairy foods that retain their calcium content, such as milk, most cheeses, and yogurt, as opposed to those that don't, such as butter and cream cheese. And try to stick to fat-free or low-fat dairy. Tip If you drink soy milk, make sure it's calcium-fortified. Step 6: Limit fat sugar and salt No matter what food group you're eating, limit salt, solid fats, and added sugars -- those that are put into foods and beverages when they're processed. Bon app?tit! Did You Know? First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity team collaborated with the USDA on MyPlate.
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