A healthy, balanced diet is made up of:

The USDA MyPlate can help you understand how much you should be eating from each food group.

Limiting foods that have lots of calories, sugar, sodium and fat will also help you eat a healthier diet.

Most of our extra calories come from:

  • food eaten away from home
  • sweet and salty snacks
  • sugar-sweetened drinks
  • large servings of food

Calories from snacks and drinks can cause us to take in more calories than we need, making it hard to reach and stay at a healthy weight. Learn how to choose healthy drinks.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.