Healthier Recipes Now Just a Click Away
MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It's simple to look at the icon and recognize how to pile up your own plate. But can you cook with it? Mrs. Obama thinks so. Today, the First Lady joined Robin Roberts and Chef Marcus Samuelsson on Good Morning America to announce a new partnership that highlights healthier recipes that align with MyPlate.
First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Robin Roberts and chef Marcus Samuelsson, participate in a “Good Morning America” cooking segment at the GMA Studios in New York, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Your favorite recipe sites -- and Pinterest, an online tool milions use to find inspiration for their lives -- have teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make it easier to find healthier recipes online. Each of the sites will indicate which of their recipes meet nutrition guidance from the US Department of Agriculture, meaning you can now find delicious MyPlate-inspired recipes on the sites you already visit for cooking inspiration. Thousands of recipes will also be featured on new Pinterest boards that launched today. This one-stop-shop for home cooks will give parents the information and tools they need to make healthy choices for their families.
“As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.”
So what is a MyPlate recipe? It's a recipe that uses key foods for a healthy diet, a recipe that emphasizes foods in their simplest forms and encourages people to eat the right size portions. These recipes aim for limiting added sugars and saturated fats, just as the Dietary Guidelines recommend. The big idea here is to help home cooks connect delicious recipes to the food groups on MyPlate: vegetables, fruits, dairy, whole grains, and proteins.
Visit these websites for MyPlate-inspired recipes:
What to learn more about MyPlate? Check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Marissa Duswalt, RD, is the Let's Move! Associate Director of Policy & Events