Advice: What To Feed Your Family (And Yourself)
Saying that the USDA Food Pyramid is too complicated for busy families, Michelle Obama unveiled a more streamlined approach to healthy eating at a press conference in June 2011. “Parents don’t have time to measure out three ounces of chicken or 1/2 cup of rice,” she said. Instead, the new “My Plate” icon is divided up by food group, with veggies getting the most room followed by grains, protein, fruits, and dairy.
Parents nutrition advisor Elisa Zied, R.D., a mom of two, gives the new approach a B-Plus. “It’s definitely easier to understand,” she said. “But it’s ambitious to get kids to eat all five groups at one meal. You might fit in three or four.” Her solution: Fill in the missing group at snack time. What do you think of the new icon? Take our poll—and post any questions you have and our nutrition advisors will answer them for you.