First Lady's Plan Identifies Healthy MyPlate Recipes

9:48 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- It's going to be a lot easier to tell if a recipe is pretty nutritious or a diet disaster.

First lady Michelle Obama is unveiling a plan today that will flag thousands of healthy recipes that align with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidance for healthy eating and the MyPlate icon (

Five media companies - Condé Nast Magazines, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time Inc. with 18 cooking websites, from to to - are working with the first lady's Let's Move! ( campaign to identify the MyPlate-worthy recipes. More than 3,000 recipes will be featured on a new Pinterest page.

"This partnership takes the guesswork out of finding healthy recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day," Mrs. Obama said in a statement.

The recipes may be for an entrée or a side dish that meets at least one part of the MyPlate criteria, such as having a lean protein, whole grain or fruit or vegetable, says Sam Kass, assistant chef and senior policy adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives at the White House.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture "is also partnering in this effort to ensure that the recipes align with the dietary guidelines and have limited added sugar and saturated fat and are low in sodium," he says.

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