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8.3: The State of My Plate COY

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    • What MyPlate is
    • The food groups that make a balanced meal.


    A snack size fruit or vegetable.


    • Signage and handouts (e.g. Myplate)/Plates or Napkins
    • Images or props of food in all 5 food groups.
    • MyPlate print out on a board or plate
    • Fruits or vegetables in a container (strawberries, blueberries, carrots, cherry tomatoes etc.)
    • Dip in a container (yogurt or ranch)
    • Music & speakers (optional)
    • Feedback survey, pencils, and collection box


    • Display signage/ poster to highlight the goal of your demo.
    • spread cutout or props of food from all 5 food groups.
    • Put an image of MyPlate on a plate/ board as a guide fro participants to use
    • Optional: Play music to attract people to your demo.


    • Facilitator explain to the participants how to create a meal using the food images/ cutouts that follow the MyPlate guideline, with one item from each of the 5 food groups. Encourage them to create a meal they would make for themselves.
    • Have participants show the meals they created and check to see they have a good item from each food groups. Once participated, provide participants fruits/ vegetables to take or eat.
    • After the activity, ask participants what they could eat fro breakfast/lunch/dinner that would follow the MyPlate guidelines.
    • Ask participants to complete the Feedback survey

    Talking Points:

    • What is Myplate? It is guide to balance your plate or bowl with the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
    • Explain the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, gains, proteins and dairy from suggested information
    • As participants the following questions:
      • What are the 5 main food groups?
      • What are the recommended amounts of each food group that you should consume in a day?
      • How can you follow the MyPlate guidelines at school or at home?

    Suggested Information for Café O Yea:

    • MyPlate is a guide for how to balance your plate, cup and bowl with the five food groups to maintain a healthy eating pattern of all five food groups which are fruits, vegetables, gains, protein, and dairy. Use this visual when placing food on your plate or in your bowl as a way to be sure you're including all five food groups in the appropriate proportion.
    • Fruits: Naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories and have important nutrients (USDA, 2017). The amount of fruits on your plate should be a little less than a quarter of your plate.

      Examples include apples, bananas, berries, melon, oranges, lemon, cherries, and pineapples. May be 100% juice, fresh, canned, frozen, or died, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

    • Vegetables: Naturally low in fat and calories and have important nutrients (USDA, 2017). The amount of vegetables should be a little more than a quarter of the plate. Examples include spinach, broccoli, peppers, squash, carrots, tomatoes, corn, avocado, cucumbers, and peas. May be 100% vegetable juice, raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/ dehydrates; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.

    • Grains: Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product (USDA, 2016). The amount of grain should be a little more than a quarter of the plate. Examples include bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits.

    • Protein: Provides your body with the energy for your muscles and tissues to grow and heal and keeps your immune system strong (USDA, 2016). The amount of protein should be a little less than a quarter of the plate.

    • Examples include chicken, turkey, ham, beef, eggs, salmon, tuna, tofu, edamame, hummus, lentils, peanut butter, almonds, and sunflower seeds.

    • Dairy: Help build your bones and teeth and maintains bone mass (USDA, 2016). Place your dairy off to the side of the plate.

      Examples include yogurt, cheese, and milk.

    • Recipes that may have 3 or more food groups


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