ChooseMyPlate.gov offers a new guide

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By Theresa Howard

The USDA has unveiled a new logo to use as a food guide for consumers. You can find it at ChooseMyPlate.gov. The graphic is to remind us to use half our dining plates for fruits and vegetables and to also work in whole grains in our daily food choices.

With all your food choices, the healthier choice is to go with less processed, more whole foods. Remember if you are eating a lot of food items that your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as a food, that’s an example of a highly processed food item. All the processing adds more sugar, fat and sodium to the final food product.

With the hot weather we’ve had already this summer, you may want to try this recipe from the choosemyplate.gov website. This will add fruit and dairy to your meal with only 50 calories for one serving.

Frozen Fruit Cups

Yield: 18 servings


3 bananas, mashed

24 ounces yogurt, non-fat strawberry flavored (or plain)

10 ounces strawberries, frozen, thawed, undrained

1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained


1. Line muffin tin(s) cups with paper baking cups (18 total).

2. In a large mixing bowl, add mashed bananas, yogurt, strawberries and pineapple.

3. Spoon into muffin tin and freeze at least three hours or until firm.

5. Remove frozen cups and store in a plastic bag in the freezer.

6. Before serving, remove paper cups.

Source: SNAP-Ed Connection

Nutrient Totals Per Serving: calories 50, total fat 0 grams, saturated fat 0 grams, sodium 25 mg, protein 2 grams. For more recipe ideas, go to the Family & Consumer Sciences page at http://uky.ag/larue.