USDA Dishes Up a New Dietary Guidelines Icon

Since the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines earlier this year, the team members at the Mushroom Channel have been taking steps to meet the recommendations at our own kitchen tables. Small changes here and there add up, like increasing vegetable and fruit consumption, decreasing sodium and limiting portions. Just as we’ve started to get the hang of the new guidelines, First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin released this graphic to help guide healthy eating habits. Announcing, My Plate.

My Plate – which replaces the Food Pyramid – is a simple visual reference that reminds us how and what to eat to best meet the Dietary Guidelines.

As fellow mushroom fans, you’ll appreciate that half the plate is dedicated to fruits and veggies! Which begs the question – how do we get that many vegetables into each meal? Look no further than the mighty mushroom! Buttons, portabellas, creminis… choose your favorite variety and fold them into your favorite meals to work more vegetables, and nutrition, onto your plate. Sounds like a challenge we’re ready to take, in fact, we’re already using mushrooms in everyday recipes:

So tell us, what’s going on your plates these days?





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