Happy Birthday, MyPlate!

It’s already been a year since Michelle Obama and the USDA revealed the MyPlate logo, which has helped thousands of Americans make healthier choices when grocery shopping, preparing meals, and eating. Thankfully, we went from the confusing, complicated MyPyramid (where’s the nutrition?) to the streamlined, easy-to-understand MyPlate. And just in time, too – statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that more than 1/3 of American adults are obese, as well as 17% of all U.S. children and teens. It’s time we make healthier choices, for ourselves and future generations!

So as MyPlate celebrates its first birthday, I thought I’d share some timely tips for keeping your party plates fresh, colorful, and healthy!

  • See things in a new light! Even simple ingredients can be re-imagined in exciting new ways. Take my recent example: I had delicious roasted radishes in a restaurant last week. I would never have thought of cooking radishes! But it’s totally simple – tossed with oil and sprinkled liberally with sea salt, these are a mellow, sweet side dish. They’d be perfect for a backyard barbecue!
  • Make things festive with garnish. It’s deceptively simple, but the addition of spices, fresh herbs, or nuts can boost a dish’s allure. Put pear slices in your salads, sprinkle sliced almonds on sauteed veggies, and dust your grilled meats with fresh herbs. Who needs restaurants when you can play chef in your own kitchen?!
  • Try something new. Turn to other cultures and traditions for inspiration! Italians regularly serve up plates of cheese with fresh pears and other fruits. Simple, fresh, healthy.
MyPlate is 1 year old. Click here to wish MyPlate a Happy Birthday!
For more great nutrition tips to supplement all your summer parties, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.


About Brittany

Hi! I’m Brittany Wilmes, program coordinator at Pear Bureau Northwest. As half of the Communications and PR department at the Pear Bureau, I write about pear pop culture for The Pear Dish—sharing everything pear, from fresh recipes to community involvement to fun décor ideas. Have an article or idea to share? Feel free to email me! In addition to blogging, I’m busy sharing the pear love on behalf of the Pear Bureau Northwest…and eating USA Pears!

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