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New Nutrition Guidelines for Americans

It's redundant to remind you that the U.S. doesn't just have a weight problem on its hands, it has an epidemic. Many companies, individuals, and even government entities are working hard to figure out realistic solutions that Americans will actually listen to, learn from, and put in to practice.

The newest revelation is MyPlate, a nutritional icon announced by the USDA and Michelle Obama on June 2 that also replaces the decades-old food pyramid, MyPyramid, described as "too complex to serve as a quick and easy guide." The goal with MyPlate is that this simple and obvious image will help people better understand exactly how to eat better to improve their health, rather than reiterating all the things you're not supposed to do.

The jury is still out, of course, on the long-term benefits of the new MyPlate, but it certainly appears to be a step in the right direction. Simply put, we need far more fruits and vegetables than we're currently consuming, and do we don't need to make the protein the centerpiece of a meal as we tend to do.

We encourage you to learn more about the new MyPlate, and the nutritional guidance that accompanies it. Learn it for yourself, share this easy-to-learn idea with your children, and work together to make healthier food choices as a family.

Michelle Obama Launches MyPlate to Help America Get Healthy

New USDA MyPlate Icon Fills Plate with Less, Says Cheryl Forberg, RD

Food Pyramid Replaced with Dinner Plate Logo, with Mary Hartley, RD

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released January 2011


Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

Coming in to season in June are bright, juicy strawberries, which make the base of a sweet salsa. Combine with fresh mint, jalapenos, pineapple, and a little sweet onion for a mouth-watering side-dish or topping for grilled chicken and fish.

Lobster Stuffed with Crab

Lobster Stuffed with Crab

Also in season are succulent shellfish lobster and crab, which come together in this indulgent, and surprisingly simple, dish from the Biggest Loser Resort.

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