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Kids Discovery Time Day Care uses MyPlate food pie chart as a guide for food portion control and healthy eating.
What is MyPlate?
MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, a food circle (i.e. a pie chart) depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. It replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid guide on June 2, 2011, ending 19 years of USDA food pyramid diagrams.
Kids Discovery Time Day Care use a food pie chart as a guide for children food portion control and healthy eating. We understand that according to nutrition experts children should eat more vegetables than fruit and more grains than protein foods. By using the MyPlate approach it allows staff to easily serve meals in a way that will discourage super-big portions, which can cause weight gain.
What’s a Grain?
You know what fruits and vegetables are, but here’s a reminder about what’s included in the three other food groups: protein, grains, and dairy.
Protein: Beef; poultry; fish; eggs; nuts and seeds; and beans and peas like black beans, split peas, lentils, and even tofu and veggie burgers. Protein builds up, maintains, and replaces the tissues in the body.
Grains: Bread, cereal, rice, tortillas, and pasta. Whole-grain products such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice are recommended because they have more fiber and help children feel full.
Dairy: Milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soy milk. With MyPlate, the dairy circle could be a cup of milk, but children also can get your dairy servings from yogurt or cheese.
The plate can be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That may make you wonder: Do children really have to eat vegetables with breakfast? The answer is no, but aim to eat a variety of food groups at each meal. And if a child’s breakfast doesn’t include a veggie, consider a vegetable at snack time. (Yes, healthy, portion-controlled snacks are still OK.)
The plate also shows how to balance children food groups. There’s a reason the protein section is smaller: Children don’t need as much from that group. Eating more fruits and vegetables will help children eat fewer calories overall, which helps them keep a healthy weight. Eating fruits and veggies also gives you lots of vitamins and minerals.
MyPlate are illustrations of food groups
|Food Group||Amount||What is it?||Equivalent amounts|
Any bread, pasta, cereal or rice
Choose at least 3 ounces from whole grains—whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, bulgur, brown rice
2 slices of bread
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup cooked pasta
Any fruit or 100% fruit juice
Can be frozen, canned, raw, cooked, dried
Choose from a variety of colors
Small banana, apple, mango
8 ounces orange juice
Any vegetable, 100% vegetable juice or beans
Can be frozen, canned, raw, cooked, driedChoose from a variety of colors
1 cup cooked bok choy, kale, spinach
12 baby carrots
1 cup cooked beans
2 cups lettuce
|Milk & Milk Products||3 cups||
Milk and foods made from milk
1 cup milk
1-1/2 ounces hard cheese
1 cup yogurt
1 cup pudding
|Meats, Beans & Nuts||5.5 ounces||
All foods made from meat, poultry, fish; dry beans or peas; eggs, nuts and seeds
Choose lean meats
Choose fish, nuts or seeds over meat and poultry
1 ounce poultry, fish, meat
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup tofu
1/4 cup cooked beans
Because fats and oils contain essential fatty acids, there is an allowance for 6 teaspoons of oils in the food guide. However, most people consume enough oil in the foods that they eat, such as nuts, fish, cooking oil and salad dressing.
Several food groups are under-consumed by most Americans; specifically, vegetables, fruits, milk and whole grains. The specific recommendations for under-consumed food groups are: