Now that the wait is over and the new USDA food icon is out, it's time to put the MyPlate guidelines to use! We rounded up some of Shape's healthiest recipes so that you can create a dinner plate tonight that meets all of the new USDA dietary recommendations.
3 Recipes That Fit the MyPlate Guidelines
1. Stir-Fried Chili-Garlic Tofu with Vegetables. Who says that your protein has to be meat? Whip this vegetarian tofu and veggie recipe up for a good source of protein. Pair the tofu with half a cup of brown rice and a glass of low-fat milk to complete your MyPlate. And if you're craving dessert, go for a piece of fruit!
2. Tequila-Tomato Halibut with Spinach and Wild Rice. Get fishy with this lean dish that gives you the correct portions of protein, vegetables and grains. To round out your dinner plate, have a few fresh berries with a container of non-fat Greek yogurt!
3. Quinoa-Stuffed Red Bell Peppers. It doesn't get much healthier than this. With beans for protein (you could substitute some lean ground turkey though if you really can't go without your meat), quinoa for your whole grains, red bell peppers for your vegetable and part-skim mozzarella as your dairy, this is a well-rounded meal. Finish it with half of a mango that's sliced and drizzled with a little honey. Delish!
This is certainly more fun than the old food pyramid, isn't it?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.