ChooseMyPlate or Healthy Eating Plate?

Good morning, friends! Today I want to look at a resource very similar to USDA’s ChooseMyPlate. It’s provided by the Harvard School of Public Health and it’s called The Healthy Eating Plate. Similar to USDA’s ChooseMyPlate, there is a nifty little visual. Let’s compare the two!

Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate:

And USDA’s ChooseMyPlate:

As you can see, there’s a bit of a difference. First and most noticeably, the Healthy Eating Plate includes healthy oils while ChooseMyPlate does not. Also, the Healthy Eating Plate clearly states “Stay Active” on their visual while ChooseMyPlate’s visual does not include that recommendation (for the record, the website does emphasize physical activity!). Otherwise, everything seems to be just about the same aside from slightly different recommended amounts of grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables…but who are we kidding, there really isn’t much difference!

What I do like, though, is that Harvard includes little blurbs on each “food group” shown in their visual while USDA does not have immediate information. But on the other hand, the ChooseMyPlate mini-poster has all of that information and more. So which one is better?!?

Honestly, I think they’re both pretty darn good. For all us foodies looking to incorporate and maintain balanced and healthful diets and lifestyles, using the two resources side-to-side can only benefit us. I hope that introducing you all to this new, yet equally helpful resource, can aid in your pursuit of health and well-being! So stay tuned for more and more recipes will come! Happy eating, friends!

ChooseMyPlate Mini-Poster

Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate


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