So--this MyPlate imagery from the USDA is a decent attempt to make visual to Americans what previous food pyramids apparently have failed to do. The fact that it resembles a plastic kitchen toy may not be a plus, however.
Eat more veggies than proteins ( though beans, spuds and sweet pots, of course, are protein-filled veggies...,) and OOPS--are they implying we all have a hearty glass of milk with our meals, instead of water or wine? Not a great idea, but then again, the dairy lobby is alive and well.
Also--how much of everything should we eat? Deck of cards worth of protein? I rankle when I read 3 ounces of this and 6 ounces of that, as if we all have little ounce measuring devices available. 8 ounces to a cup is embedded in my brain, but 3?
An alert pal sent me this visual interpretation of MyPlate--source unknown-- that is close to nauseating in its lack of appeal. Overcooked, canned green beans, milk, a slab of unadorned salmon, maybe, a slice of bland looking bread and, can it be, canned mandarin oranges??? Aaaargh.
Clearly the USDA swiftly needs to put together some plates that show real, tasty food.
Here's one, from a Thai restaurant lunch I had.
Rice, slice of orange, loads of veggies, and tofu in a red curry sauce.
Here's another from an earlier post:
But wait! The USDA MyPlate shows us no oils, no nuts...how can this be?
And finally, a lunch we had on the road from Florida to NM, in a small town in Texas.
A cup of "baked potato soup," comprised of spuds, cream and bacon, a salad, assorted unnecessary bits of carb (!) and a decent piece of spinach quiche, with a fine handmade buttery crust. The soup was a tad over the top, but then, this was Texas.
So, USDA, high marks for rethinking the imagery, but methinks the American public needs a wide range of actual plates of food in order to get the message.
On the other hand, one of my favorite writers, M.F.K.Fisher, who happened to focus on food, once wrote, "Balance the day, not the meal." This plan works well for those with some food savvy. I keep it vaguely in mind, but more importantly, like many people, I choose what looks fresh and good, and dive into an enjoyable meal. And ignore the rules. Sheesh.