The old Food Pyramid, and now MyPlate, have no affect on the food choices in my home. They do affect the greater good of my community, as these guidelines influence food programs in our schools.

As I review the new guidelines, I remain disappointed by what I call the “ORs”.  For example;  Recommended 2 cups of fruit, “or” fruit juice.  Whole grains, “or” processed food containing grams of whole grain.

In the future, as our national desire to feed ourselves and our families for health and well-being grows, the USDA guidelines will give whole foods recommendations without the “ORs”.

Applause to the MyPlate site, for including a link to a darn good Farm Market Search tool.

excerpt: by Kristen Wartman- Civil Eats
“The USDA finally did away with the much-maligned Food Pyramid and replaced it with MyPlate. Many in the food world are calling it progress. It’s certainly a clearer and more concise image and deserves some credit for the fact that half of the plate is comprised of fruit and vegetables.
“This is a step in the right direction,” Marion Nestle wrote in an email. “It’s the best they could come up with and some education needs to go with it, as always.”
In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.
The five food categories indicated in the image are: Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Grains, and Dairy. At first glance the MyPlate image appears to eliminate many problematic sugary, processed foods, but when you actually click on the categories a host of unhealthy foods are revealed.”read more…

I think it’s important to remember that each of us, in the roll of “Mom”, has the power to influence the relationship our children form with food that is greater than the USDA nutrition posters in their school cafeteria.  I listen for ideas for cooking with my kids that are new to me; and moms are generous with their ideas for bringing kids into the kitchen. I love the honesty in the voice of Eve Fox as she writes about cooking with kids.

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