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First lady and Partnership for a Healthier America's honorary chair Michelle Obama announced today that the nonprofit group has paired with social networking site Pinterest to make to make it easier to find healthier recipes online. Media partners from Condé Nast Magazines, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time Inc. will flag their recipe sites' online recipes that align with the dietary guidelines of the USDA's MyPlate initiative.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more user-friendly plate icon to help Americans make healthy food choices.
We asked what your ideal plate looks like. Our editor, Kat, created her version, which consists of some not-so-healthy helpings of fried okra, cherry pie, cheese grits, pulled pork, and a glass of scotch.
So, health repercussions aside, we asked iReporters what their ‘MyPlate’ would look like. The creative souls featured above turned their plates into a pieces of art and sent them to CNN iReport.
The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.
One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested.
The new icon, MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits, in a time when more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.
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