Get Your Plate in Shape: Breakfast

by in Healthy Recipes, March 8, 2012

myplateMarch is National Nutrition Month, and in honor of this official campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we’re giving you meal options that follow the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines. This week we’re hitting up 5 breakfast options.

The Guidelines
MyPlate is about giving you a visual of which foods should be on your plate at each meal. You want to build a healthy meal from the 5 food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, lean proteins and nonfat or low fat dairy. You don’t need to have all 5 groups on your plate at each meal, but you should focus on getting in as many as possible, especially fruits and veggies.

Meal 1: Oatmeal
Apple Harvest Oatmeal
½ cup orange juice

Food groups:  whole grains, fruits, dairy

Meal 2: Cereal & Milk
1 cup ready-to-eat whole grain cereal
½ cup nonfat, low fat or soy milk
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 slice whole grain bread
1 teaspoon jam or jelly

Food groups: whole grains, fruit, dairy

Meal 3: Breakfast Burrito
Scrambled Egg Burrito
½ grapefruit

Food groups: Grains, fruit, veggie, protein

Meal 4: Cookies & Milk
Breakfast Cookie
1 cup nonfat, low fat or soy milk
1 medium banana

Food groups: Whole grains, fruit, dairy

Meal 5: Smoothie
Blueberry Blast Smoothie
1 slice whole grain bread
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

Food groups: Whole grains, fruit, protein, dairy

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