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Young Adults

Young Adults

Going away to college or moving out on your own?

This exciting life change brings responsibilities and freedom to make your own choices. It’s also a key time to build healthy habits. Let MyPlate help you along the way with these tips, tools, and resources.

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Healthy Eating Tips

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Cooking Basics

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Resources

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Healthy Eating Tips

Pack healthy snacks, such as plain popcorn, dried fruit, whole grain crackers or nuts into small containers or baggies. They make great 'grab-&-go' options on busy days.

Healthy Eating Tips

Fill reusable water bottles and store them in the fridge. When you open the fridge and see cold water, you’ll be more likely to grab it.

Healthy Eating Tips

Coordinate a ‘dinner club’ with your roommates or friends. Pick a couple nights a week where you cook healthy meals for each other. It’s a great way to try new foods and learn new skills.

Healthy Eating Tips

Living on your own? Freeze leftovers into single servings for an easy heat-and-eat meal.

Healthy Eating Tips

Get your MyPlate Plan to see what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance (including food groups). 

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Cooking 101

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Start Simple with MyPlate App

Build healthy eating habits one goal at a time! Download the Start Simple with MyPlate app today.

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MyPlate on Alexa

Get MyPlate nutrition tips for your baby or toddler on Amazon Alexa devices or the free Alexa app.

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MyPlate.gov is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025