Plan your meals the MyPlate way! The MyPlate graphic is the building block to help provide a visual of how a healthy plate should look. To build a healthy plate, you need to include foods from each food group: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. Here are some tips for choosing foods from each food group:
- Fruits. Fruits can be fresh, frozen, canned or 100% fruit juice. Some examples of fruits grown in Maryland are apples, pears, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, strawberries and watermelon.
- Vegetables. Vegetables can be fresh, frozen, canned or 100% vegetable juice. Examples of vegetables grown in Maryland are: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, kale, peppers, potatoes, salad greens, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
- Grains. Grains are found in foods like wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain. Foods that are considered grains are bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortilla, and grits.
- Protein foods. Protein foods are all foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products like tofu, nuts, and seeds.
- Dairy. Foods that are found in the dairy group are fluid milk, milk-based desserts like ice cream and frozen yogurt, cheese, and yogurt.