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Start Simple with MyPlate

Make Every Bite Count

MyPlate helps translate the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ (DGA) overarching dietary guidance principles and provides information, messages, tips, recipes and other digital and downloadable resources that WIC staff can use in their nutrition education efforts and to show participants how the foods in their WIC food packages fit into MyPlate. These include resources for participants to:

Find their starting point with the MyPlate Quiz to see how their eating habits stack up against MyPlate recommendations and get tailored resources and a personal quiz results code to sync with the Start Simple with MyPlate app.

Set simple goals based on their personal needs with the Start Simple with MyPlate app. Sync results from the MyPlate Quiz for a personalized experience.  Join challenges, see progress, and earn badges to celebrate successes.

Learn how much they should eat with a personalized MyPlate Plan (Plan MiPlato) that takes pregnancy and breastfeeding status into account!

Put their plan into action. 

Shop (and save money!) with the Shop Simple with MyPlate web app to quickly find savings in the local area and discover new ways to prepare low-cost foods. Just enter the zip code to find cost-saving opportunities in the local area, including physical and online SNAP retailers and Farmer’s Markets. This app can be access via a smartphone and desktop/laptop.

Discover hundreds of healthy, budget-friendly recipes on MyPlate Kitchen that provide detailed nutrition and food group information to help choose recipes that fit their needs.

Participants can also test their Food Group IQ with fun quizzes, hear healthy eating solutions from families via videos, and download Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (in English and Spanish).


Resources for Professionals

MyPlate also offers resources for professionals, including promotional and educational graphics, a MyPlate Plan widget (also available in Spanish) to embed on webpages and blogs, and targeted toolkits to help communicate how to eat healthfully at every stage of life - available for: 

new! The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion likewise offers consumer-friendly fact sheets based on the DGA for health professionals, including those for healthy eating routines and cutting down on added sugars, sodium, and saturated fat.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Overarching Dietary Principles

  • Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
  • Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
  • Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages from five food groups – vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and fortified soy alternatives, and proteins – and staying within calorie limits.

Limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

Click on the resulting number of calories to see personalized daily recommended amounts for each food group.

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