Plan nutritionally adequate menus using the MyPlate food groups!
MyPlate is the current US food group system used for describing a healthy diet for persons 2 years old and older. The system is based upon recognizing five primary food groups; grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein foods. Research described in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that eating a recommended number of servings from each of these groups per day will allow clients to meet their nutrient needs.
Before you begin, you will need to choose a nutrition analysis software program that offers the MyPlate food groups as nutritional components, and also includes the recommended amounts that should be eaten from each group.
Then, as you select foods from the nutritional database for your menu, the program will add up the number of servings from each food group. For example, if you select ½ cup oatmeal for breakfast, the program will recognize and record that as 1 serving of grain. If you select 1 cup of orange juice for breakfast, the program will count that as 1 fruit serving. The program will add up the servings for all five groups for the duration of a day, and provide a report that compares the servings eaten to those recommended.
Menus that meet the food group recommendations and are planned using foods that are lower in saturated fat, sugar, alcohol, and sodium, will meet your client’s desired calorie goals. The MyPlate food groups can be a valuable tool for planning and for teaching clients how to maintain a healthy diet. Look for this feature in nutritional analysis software today.