Balancing Calories, by showing the recommended types and amounts of food on MyPlate. By enjoying the foods you eat, and being mindful of how much you are eating, you can help balance your calories simply by eating less.
Foods to Increase, symbolized by the five color-coded food groups on and around the plate. The plate serves as a quick visual reminder that half the plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, while the other half is made up of grains (preferably whole grains) and lean sources of protein. Lastly, non-fat or low-fat dairy should be included to round out the meal.
Foods to Reduce, are reminders to use the Nutrition Facts Panel when purchasing packaged foods. Choose foods with lower calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. Choose low- or reduced-sodium products or no-added salt products whenever possible. Also remember to trade sugar-sweetened beverages for water.