Thanksgiving is widely considered the best holiday of the year for eating. Whether you’re into turkey, potatoes, stuffing, dessert, or all of the above, there is something for everyone. And while we tend to overeat a bit, Thanksgiving meals are often fairly well-balanced.
Let’s look at MyPlate, the national nutrition standard, for some perspective. As most know, MyPlate encourages us to add variety to our plates and load them up with a good amount of vegetables and fruits. Looking at the MyPlate icon on the right, it’s fairly simple to make a Thanksgiving meal look like a MyPlate. Start the day with some fruit and yogurt. For the main meal, fill the purple with lean protein in turkey, add some whole wheat stuffing for the grains, and pile on some green beans and sweet potatoes for the veggies. Maybe even go with a smaller plate so you can fill it up multiple times without busting a seam. Mission accomplished! You’ve earned your pie.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As we show appreciation for the blessings in our lives, let’s spend an extra second thinking about the food we enjoy.
Did you know there are over 70 locations in Chatham County that sell grocery items? Two Masters of Public Health Students from UNC – Chapel Hill visited all the stores, roadside stands, and farmers markets in the county as part of a project they are doing with the Chatham County Public Health Department this summer. The data the students have collected will be compiled into a map to illustrate where healthy foods are sold in Chatham County. Click here to learn more about the project and see draft maps!
This is the last week to e-mail us a MyPlate pic for a future slideshow promoting healthy meal choices. For a reminder about the new MyPlate logo and our call for photos, see our previous post, here.
Send in a photo of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner plate looking just like the MyPlate logo, with sensible portions of your favorite fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins, and a healthy beverage on the side. (See the example photo.)
Please send a sentence to accompany your photo identifying the foods on your plate. Submissions must be received by e-mail at email@example.com by this Friday, July 29th, to be considered. We’ll post a slideshow of our best MyPlate Pics submissions!
Say goodbye to the pyramid! The food pyramid has officially been replaced by MyPlate, a plate shaped logo that is meant to serve as a reminder of how to craft a balanced meal every time you sit down to eat. You might remember that around this time last year, we blogged about the new dietary guidelines that had just been released by the US Department of Agriculture. MyPlate is basically a visual icon of these new guidelines. The main message to take away from both is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every mealtime. The other half of your plate is for grains (preferably whole grains) and lean proteins like seafood, chicken, beans and nuts.
In the MyPlate icon, there is a glass for skim or lowfat milk next to the plate, but the dietary guidelines really recommend any kind of healthy beverage. A glass of water is a great option, and one of the best ways to replace any sodas or sugary drinks that might try to creep up next to your plate.
A Lunch of Chicken Salad, Whole Wheat Crackers, Cherries & Carrot and Cucumber Sticks
This shift to MyPlate has inspired us and we hope it will inspire you as well. To spark your inspiration, we’re asking you to share your “MyPlate Pics” with us. Send in a photo of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner plate looking just like the MyPlate logo, with sensible portions of your favorite fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein, and a healthy beverage on the side. (See the example photo above, of a lunch that a health department employee recently enjoyed.) We’ll post a slideshow of our best MyPlate Pics submissions! Please send a sentence to accompany your photo identifying the foods on your plate. Submissions must be received by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 29th to be considered.