Did you know that the USDA has done away with the old Food Pyramid? It’s been replaced with … a Plate! The perfect way to help you plan your meals since we typically eat off plates (not pyramids). For more info, check it out online at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.ChooseMyPlate recommends ...that ¼ of your plate should be GRAINS – and half of these should be WHOLE grains such as whole-wheat, whole oats, whole cornmeal, barley and brown rice (rather than white flour, white rice, white pasta, etc.)… So, you might start your day with oatmeal, have a sandwich for lunch on multi-grain bread, and then enjoy a whole wheat spaghetti dinner.that ½ of your plate should be fruits and veggies – including fresh, frozen, canned and dried, as well as limited amounts of 100% fruit juice. When you’re shopping look for the colorful produce to get the most bang for the nutritional buck: red raspberries and tomatoes, purple plums, green spinach and broccoli, blue blueberries…that ¼ of your plate should be lean protein, including non-animal protein. Healthy options include beans and peas, nuts and nut butters, cheese and eggs, seafood, poultry and lean beef/pork/lamb/veal.rounding out your meals with healthy oils and fats, such as olive and canola oils, soft tub no-trans-fat margarine, nuts and avocados. And of course, don’t forget dairy each day – milk, yogurt and cheeses for bone health.The link for more information is www.choosemyplate.gov.