Putting Pears on MyPlate

Whether I’m eating lunch here at the office or grabbing a bite from a local restaurant, I like to put my food on a plate. It makes it easier to see what I’m eating and just how big my portions are—much like MyPlate, the USDA’s new diagram. MyPlate will replace the Food Pyramid, which has been helping guide Americans’ nutrition choices for nearly 20 years. The new graphic is straightforward and simple. The plate shape is divided into sections for proteins, grains, vegetables, and fruit, with a smaller circle on the side for dairy.

Based on the prevalence of obesity in the U.S., this easy-to-understand approach can be an important tool. “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Half of the plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, which contain important nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. For more on fiber, view the Mayo Clinic’s tips and recipes. It’s easy to include pears on your plate, from salads and desserts to soups and sandwiches. Visit our website to view our recipe gallery.

Stay tuned—we’re developing more ideas to help you put pears on your plate!

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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