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Vegetables on My Plate



Vegetables on My Plate

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.66

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     challenging words:    homegrown, circular, kabobs, diagram, visual, prepare, section, addition, available, thoughts, since, peak, healthy, include, difficult, comfort
     content words:    United States Department, My Plate, Lewis Grizzard


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Vegetables on My Plate
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Eating healthy can be fun! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a new way to help people make good choices about what they eat. It is a diagram called My Plate that is a visual representation of healthy food portions. This circular plate is divided into four sections. One section, colored green, is for vegetables. The USDA recommends that half of your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables.
 
2     Vegetables come in many shapes and sizes. Dark green veggies include kale, bok choy, broccoli, and many others. Vegetables come in other colors, too. Red peppers, sweet potatoes, rosy tomatoes, and pumpkins are some of the red and orange vegetables available. Butternut and acorn squash are also in this category. What kind of vegetable do you like best?

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