Sign up for our newsletter!
Get the latest news & event invitations from Food For Free:
Tags2015 events Alanna Mallon Benefit event Boston Boston Area Gleaners Boston Globe Cambridge Cambridge Public Schools Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program Central Square Didriks Empty Bowls Events Family Meals Farmers Markets Feinstein Challenge Field of Greens Field of Greens Food rescue Harvard University Harvard University Dining Services Home Delivery Mudflat Pottery School Music for Food Newsletter - August 2015 Party Under the Harvest Moon Prepared Food Rescue Produce Rescue Ride For Food Ross Richmond Ryan Lee Sasha Purpura school markets Somerville Spotlight On: staff Trucks Tufts University Viale volunteer Volunteers What's going on around here? Whole Foods Whole Foods Fresh Pond Whole Foods River Street
New USDA Dietary Guidelines
The USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama have recently released updated nutrition and diet guidelines, called MyPlate. Replacing the traditional food pyramid, MyPlate divides a plate into four wedges – fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains, plus a side of dairy – to represent the recommended break down of food groups for each meal. According to the First Lady, “When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. As long as they’re half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden. That’s how easy it is.” The USDA has also created a website chock full of nutrition tips, recipes, and interactive tools for the public to use as an accompanying resource for healthy eating. Federal dietary guidelines have come a long way, evidenced by the 1940's Guide to Good Eating wheel below, and the first food guide was created in 1916. Click here for a more detailed version of the history of USDA food guides. --Blake