New MyPlate Graphic–Vegan Style

Image from ChooseMyPlate.gov

The USDA released a new MyPlate graphic to replace the really confusing MyPyramid. I think the new plate is terrific. It’s a very simple design that easily translates to how people actually plate their food. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, beans, and peas and deemphasizes meat.

So what does a vegan plate of food look like when it conforms to these guidelines? Check out these meals culled from flickr:

Split pea and coconut milk soup with greens and millet. Photo by mollyjade. Licensed under creative commons

Tofu asada taco by belinda. Licensed under creative commons
Orzo, kale, and marmalade tofu by jodigreen. Licensed under creative commons
Tofu and bok choy stir-fry with rice by Zlatko Unger. Licensed under creative commons
Nopales (cactus) tacos with beans and a side of veggies by digiyesica. Licensed under creative commons
Whole wheat bread, pistachios, Rancho Gordo beans, carrots, and sugar snap peas by District 47. Licensed under creative commons
Curry fried rice featuring vegetables, black beans, and black rice by Pabo76. Licensed under creative commons
Soup with noodles, tofu, and assorted vegetables by massdistraction. Licensed under creative commons
Sampson (bean) burger with a side of watermelon by quite peculiar. Licensed under creative commons
Seitan katsu rice bowl by muy yum. Licensed under creative commons
Seitan and veggie skewers with grilled corn by tofutti break. Licensed under creative commons
Squash scones, spicy tomato jam, hash browns, apples slices, and swiss chard by massdistraction. Licensed under creative commons
Apple slices, Tofurky breakfast sausage, garlic scapes and mushrooms, hash browns, and whole wheat toast by mass distraction. Licensed under creative commons
Mushroom and spinach tofu scramble, hash browns, and strawberries by Amy Groark. Licensed under creative commons
Oats with soy milk, cocoa nibs, raisins, cinnamon, and pecans by plasticdollhouse. Licensed under creative commons
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Interested in learning about vegan nutrition? Check out the book Vegan for Life by registered dietitians Ginny Messina and Jack Norris, either of their blogs, or Vegan Health which Jack maintains.

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