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MyPlate Kitchen recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare.


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About Us

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, CNPP focuses its efforts on two primary objectives: (1) advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and (2) conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.


Adults of all ages have different nutrition and physical activity needs as their lives and bodies change. As you age, maintaining healthy habits is an important way to lower your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Make your food and beverage choices a priority and stay physically active.

App Support

Thank you for using the app! Please find answers to several Frequently Asked Questions on this page. If you still have questions regarding the Start Simple with MyPlate app, please email SM.FN.MyPlateTechSupport@usda.gov.

Be Salt Smart

Choose foods and beverages with less salt and sodium. Find foods with lower amounts (or none at all).

Beans, Peas, and Lentils

Beans, peas, and lentils belong to a group of vegetables called “pulses.” This group includes all beans, peas, and lentils cooked from dry, canned, or frozen, such as: kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, pink beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas, pigeon peas, mung beans, soy beans, and lentils. Lentils come in varieties that are mostly identified by their colors, such as brown, black, red, and green.

Celebrations and Gatherings

Special events can be filled with traditional or favorite foods. Use these tips to make healthy choices as you celebrate.

Communicators and Educators

USDA MyPlate has nutrition information toolkits for consumers designed for use by Communicators and Educators. Whether you communicate with the public or professionals, or teach students or other educators, MyPlate offers a framework for communicating food and nutrition messages based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025. Included in this page: MyPlate is for Everyone, What's on MyPlate?, Helping Kids to Start Simple, Healthy Eating for the Whole Family, and More Ways to Talk About MyPlate.

Community and Professional Organizations

USDA MyPlate has nutrition information toolkits for consumers designed for use by Community and Professional Organizations. MyPlate provides concise messaging and evidence-based tools with actionable steps that enable organizations to reach a wide audience about healthier food and beverage choices. This toolkit provides free, ready-to-use resources for your outreach efforts. Included in this page: Connect with MyPlate, MyPlate is Everyone’s Plate, How to Personalize MyPlate, and The Power of Partnership.

Contact Us

If you have questions about MyPlate, MyPlate Kitchen, food, or nutrition, you can use our Ask USDA automated system. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, please send an email through the system.

Cut Back on Added Sugars

Work toward making every bite count by decreasing added sugars. Choose foods and beverages with less added sugars (or none at all) to increase nutrient density.


What is the USDA MyPlate Dairy Group? The MyPlate Dairy Group is one of the five food groups. The MyPlate Dairy Group includes milk, yogurt, cheese, lactose-free milk and fortified soy milk and yogurt. It does not include foods made from milk that have little calcium and a high fat content, such as cream cheese, sour cream, cream, and butter.

Dietitians and Nutritionists

USDA MyPlate has nutrition information toolkits for consumers designed for use by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. As Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, you’re at the forefront of educating patients, consumers, and students about healthy eating. Incorporate MyPlate’s free, ready-made resources as a simple starting point to help people of all ages and stages of life to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Included in this page: Start Simple with MyPlate, Make Every Bite Count, Make it Your Plate, and Partner with Us.

Dine Out / Take Out

Making healthy eating choices even when you aren’t the one doing the cooking is possible! Use these tips when dining out or ordering takeout food.

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Shop Simple with MyPlate

Find savings in your area and discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods.

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MyPlate on Alexa

Get MyPlate nutrition tips on Amazon Alexa devices or the free Alexa app.

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