Intro to MyPlate

Want a simple way to know what you should be eating? Meet MyPlate. It shows the five food groups and the right mix of each. It’s a helpful eating style for life—to keep you healthy now and in the future.


Try these MyPlate tips to build a healthy eating style:

All food and beverage choices matter – focus on variety, amount and nutrition.

  • Focus on making healthy food and beverage choices from all five food groups, including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy to get the nutrients you need.
  • Eat the right amount of calories for you based on your age, sex, height, weight and physical activity level.


Choose an eating style low in saturated fat, sodium and added sugars.

  • Use Nutrition Facts labels and ingredient lists to know the amount of saturated fat, sodium and added sugars in the foods and beverages you choose.
  • Look for food and drink choices that are lower in saturated fat, sodium and added sugar.

Make small changes to create a healthier eating style.

  • Think of each change as a personal “win” on your path to living healthier.
  • Start with a few of these small changes:
    • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
      • Focus on whole fruits.
      • Vary your veggies.
    • Make half your grains whole grains.
    • Move to low-fat and fat-free dairy.
    • Try different proteins.
    • Eat and drink the right amount for you.