| By Irina Belfer-Lehat

“Choose My Plate” is a new generation food icon that is used to replace the Food Guide Pyramid. The new "My Plate" is a very simple icon that reminds consumers to eat healthfully and guide them to resources and tools to put the dietary guidelines into action. The "My Plate" objectives are to emphasize:

 

 

Balancing calories
Enjoy your food, but eat less
Avoid oversized portions

Foods to increase
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Make at least half your grains whole grains
Switch to fat-free or low-fat (one percent) milk

Foods to reduce
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose foods with lower numbers
Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Irina Belfer-Lehat

Irina Belfer-Lehat of Nutrition Solutions Co. is a New York State-licensed dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. Irina Lehat RD Nutrition Solutions offers group classes starting in September, for kids in kindergarten through high school. Small groups, affordable prices! Mention this article and receive 20 percent off any services. For more information, call (917) 769-8031, e-mail irinalehat@gmail.com or visit www.irinalehat.com.