Vary Your Protein Routine

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming a healthy eating pattern that includes protein foods in nutrient-dense forms. Foods including meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. 

Use the resources below to encourage consumers to “Vary your protein routine.”


Sample Social Media

  • Eat a variety of protein foods. When choosing beef, look for lean cuts like round or sirloin and ground beef that is at least 92% lean. Trim or drain fat from meat and remove poultry skin. #MyPlateMyWins [Use Image 1]

  • Vary your protein routine with different protein sources through the week. Meat, poultry, seafood, beans, eggs, soy, nuts & seeds all count. [Use Image 1]

  • Vary your protein routine. Tip: baking, roasting, broiling, or grilling can add flavor without extra fat. More tips: #MyPlateMyWins [Use Image 1]

  • Vary your protein routine! Try unsalted nuts or seeds, seafood, beans, peas, meat, poultry, eggs, and soy products. Check out MyPlate’s photo gallery for examples: [Use Image 2]

  • Go nuts for protein! Almonds, peanuts, and pecans are all part of the Protein Foods Group and make a convenient, crunchy snack. [Use Image 2]

  • Vary your protein routine each day & throughout the week. More tips:    #MyPlateMyWins [Use Image 1 or 2]

Tip Sheets

Vary your protein routine

Vary Your Protein Routine
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