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With the new guidleines of “My Plate”, what are the recomendations for snack servings in relation to the food groups?

There is not a set recommendation for “snack serving size,” but it is important to snack through out the day. The most important thing is to make sure that you are not consuming more than your daily recommended calories for the entire day. You should shoot for a snack that is between 100-200 calories such as an apple, yogurt with granola, or carrots with peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables are great options for snacks because they are low in calories but high in fiber which keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are full of essential nutrients too! See our weekly healthy menu ideas for a healthy 2,000 calorie diet with 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day.
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