Choose Nutrient Dense Foods!

Nutrient dense foods?

These are foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, without additional calories from added fats, sugars and refined starches. Vegetables, fruit, whole grain breads, lean meats, beans, and low fat milk products are all nutrient dense foods if prepared without added fat and sugar.

Meeting your nutrient needs using the MyPlate food groups means choosing nutrient dense foods from each food group, according to your calorie needs. If you eat the recommended amounts of foods from each food group but choose foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt, you will not be meeting the moderation goals recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These moderation goals encourage weight maintenance and the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Let MyDietSteps calculate a food group pattern for you and show you how to plan a nutrient dense menu!