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Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy! Young children look to you as they learn, develop and grow healthy eating habits. Make every bite count.


Give your toddler healthy choices as they explore new foods and flavors. Toddlers are learning to feed themselves and to eat new foods during this important time of growth and development. Young children have small stomachs and are developing food preferences, so make every bite count!

Prepare Healthy Meals

Use these tips to save time when cooking at home. Visit MyPlate Kitchen to discover delicious and budget-friendly recipes your family will love. Included in this page: kitchen timesavers and cooking for your family.

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.

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.


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.


Start your infant off on the path of lifelong healthy nutrition. The first year of a child's life is a critically important period for proper growth and development. Since they consume such small quantities of foods at this stage, it’s important to make every bite count!

More Key Topics

The USDA MyPlate Key Topics include Oils -- Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature, like vegetable oils used in cooking. Added Sugars -- To build healthy eating habits and stay within calorie needs, individuals over age 2 should choose foods and beverages with little to no added sugars and those under age 2 should avoid them altogether. Saturated Fats -- Cut back on saturated fat by replacing foods high in saturated fat (such as butter, whole milk, cheese, and baked goods) with foods higher in unsaturated fat (found in plants and fish, such as vegetable oils, peanuts, avocado, and salmon). Sodium -- For most people ages 14 years and older, sodium should not exceed 2,300 mg per day. Alcohol -- Alcoholic beverages provide calories but few nutrients and should be accounted for to stay within your calorie allowance.

Protein Foods

What is the USDA MyPlate Protein Foods Group? The MyPlate Protein Foods Group is one of the five food groups. All foods made from seafood; meat, poultry, and eggs; beans, peas, and lentils; and nuts, seeds, and soy products are part of the MyPlate Protein Foods Group. Beans, peas, and lentils are also part of the MyPlate Vegetable Group.


What is the USDA MyPlate Fruit Group? The MyPlate Fruit Group is one of the five food groups. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the MyPlate Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, puréed, or cooked. At least half of the recommended amount of fruit should come from whole fruit, rather than 100% fruit juice.


What is the USDA MyPlate Vegetable Group? The MyPlate Vegetable Group is one of the five food groups. Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as part of the MyPlate Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed. Based on their nutrient content, vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: dark green; red and orange; beans, peas, and lentils; starchy; and other vegetables.


What is the USDA MyPlate Grains Group? The MyPlate Grains Group is one of the five food groups. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, grits, and tortillas are examples of grain products. Foods such as popcorn, rice, and oatmeal are also included in the MyPlate Grains Group. Grains are divided into 2 subgroups: Whole Grains and Refined Grains.

MyPlate on Alexa

MyPlate is available as an Alexa skill! Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, or on your phone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app. The MyPlate Alexa skill provides science-based food and nutrition tips for almost everyone -- parents and caregivers of babies starting at 4 months of age, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, tweens, teens, young adults, adults, and older adults!

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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