Choose My Plate

Allyson Barnes

Preschoolers (3-5 years-old)

Kids (6-17 years-old)

For the last three years, the White House has challenged America's junior chefs to create original lunchtime recipes that were healthy, affordable, delicious, and followed the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook contains the most recent group of 54 winning recipes -- some of which were featured at the Kids' State Dinner at the White House. This event, which was hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, celebrated the ingenuity of the budding young chefs. The 2013 and 2012 cookbooks are also available to download.

College Students (18-24 years- old)

MyPlate On Campus is an initiative to get college and university students talking about healthy eating and working with their campus community to create ways for students to adopt healthy lifestyles that they can maintain during and beyond their college years.

Students on campuses around the country have an opportunity to champion healthy eating and lead the way in improving the health of young adults at their school. We encourage students to register and become MyPlate On Campus Ambassadors. The resources on this site will help Ambassadors, and the educators and staff supporting them, communicate the messages supporting MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines to their student body in practical ways that promote health and wellness.

Foods for athletes

Moms-To-Be (12-45)

When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. This site is designed just for you. It has advice you need to help you and your baby stay healthy.



First - visit your doctor or health care provider if you haven't already. Every pregnant woman needs to visit a doctor regularly. Only he or she can make sure both you and your baby are healthy. Your doctor can also prescribe a safe vitamin and mineral supplement, and anything else you may need.

Next - get your own Daily Food Plan for Moms. Your Plan will show you the foods and amounts that are right for you. Enter your information for a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat. Or, enter the foods you eat into the Supertracker to see how your food choices compare to what you need.

Then - learn more by choosing a topic from the menu below. "Sources of information" will take you straight to the government's best advice on pregnancy and breastfeeding

3 Essentail Nutriential Sources For Pregant Women (Folic Acids)

Cereal- 3/4 cup (15 to 60 g) ready-to-eat cereal, Folic acids- 100 to 700mcg- choose a cereal that's 100% fortified

Spinach- 1/2 cup (95g) boiled spinach, Folic acids-115 mcg

Oranges-1 orange (154g), Folic acids-52mcg