WASHINGTON, DC (ABC) -- If you ever had trouble figuring out how to make the food pyramid work in planning your daily meals, you’re not alone. Now, the USDA has introduced new guidelines that make eating healthy meals as simple as filling your plate.
The food “plate” is the newest way of helping America navigate their way to healthier food choices, and it’s got some support from moms in high places, like Michelle Obama.
"Parents don't have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken.
Or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving,” says the First Lady.
She says the plate takes the caloric calculations out of daily meal planning.
"As long as half of their meal is fruits and vegetables alongside their lean
proteins, whole grains, and low fat dairy, then we're good. It's as simple as that."
Medical experts applaud the user-friendly aesthetic.
"I gotta tell ya, I'm loving the plate. As a pediatrician, I'm going to use
this to teach parents,” says Dr. Richard Besser.
Average Americans are also a fan of the new plate. Many say the plate is less confusing than the pyramid.
But some wonder if the plate will actually prompt better food choices.
"It's certainly not going to take the responsibility off of us as parents to
make sure that we're making the right choices for our families. That's
still on us.,” says Mrs. Obama.
And when it comes to those right choices, the First Lady says the recipe includes a proper diet and daily exercise for the best results.
The one thing missing from the plate? Dessert. But, as long as you stick to the new rules, doctors say it is okay to indulge every now and then.