Start Simple with MyPlate App: Frequently Asked Questions

Start Simple with MyPlate App: Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Start Simple with MyPlate app?

Meet healthy eating goals one at a time! Use the Start Simple with MyPlate app to pick simple daily food goals, track real-time progress, view helpful tips, and earn badges along the way. This easy-to-use app can help you make healthy eating changes one day at a time. 

How do I get started?

After downloading the app, view the short tutorial screens. Choose simple food group goals by tapping on a food group and selecting goals or, you can tap the "Pick for me!" button to start with one goal from each food group. You can choose up to three goals in each food group.

Can I add more than 3 goals for a food group?

Not at this time. You can add up to 3 goals from each food group when you are selecting your goals and you can edit your goals at any time.

Will my goals ever reset?

Yes. Your goals will reset every Monday morning at 12:01am.

What is the "Pick for me" option?

The "Pick for me!" option automatically selects 1 goal in each food group for you.

Can I change my goals?

Yes. You can change your goals at any time. Just as your daily routine may change, so may your goals. Select the food group of the goal you would like to change. Then, tap on "Edit" in the upper right corner to choose a new goal.

I forgot to log my completed goals in the app yesterday. Can I go back and do it now? Will I get my streak back?

Yes! To go back to a previous day when marking off goals, simply go to the date area at the top of the screen and select the arrow to change the date. And no worries, your streak will resume once you check off your goals.

How do I earn badges?

Earn badges for healthy eating choices! Track your daily goals by tapping the checkbox next to the goal you have completed. Earn badges by completing goals or maintaining a daily streak.

Tap on the "Badges" icon on the bottom of your screen to see your progress and learn more about other badges available.

Where can I find healthy eating tips to help me meet my goals?

View simple tips to help you meet your goals by tapping on the "Tip" icon (lightbulb) to the right of a goal. Use the "Share" icon (arrow) in the upper right corner of the tip card to share the tip with others.

Do you have recipes for the foods I see on the goals and tips?

While we don’t currently have the recipes associated with the goals/tips featured in the app, we can suggest MyPlate Kitchen for a wealth of recipe ideas.

Where can I learn more about the nutrition behind the Start Simple with MyPlate app?

You can learn the basics of MyPlate and using the five food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy – to help you eat healthfully by tapping the "MyPlate 101" section in the bottom right corner of your screen.

How do I find out my personal MyPlate recommendations?

You can get personalized food group recommendations based on age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity using the MyPlate Plan.

I don’t eat some foods from the food groups, can I adjust my food group goals? (e.g., vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, etc.)

The app features the MyPlate food groups based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each food group includes a variety of foods (see the MyPlate 101 section for detailed information). For example, the Protein Foods Group includes processed soy products, nuts and seeds, eggs, as well as beans and peas; and the Dairy group includes calcium-rich foods such as calcium-fortified soymilk.

Is there a way to set up the app to account for health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.?

While the app was not designed for specific health conditions, you are welcome to accomplish your food group goals according to your individual needs.

Can I record my meals or foods for the day?

No. The app is not designed to track specific meals/foods consumed at this time.

What are Challenges?

The Start Simple with MyPlate app offers quarterly challenges to help you stay motivated – try a new goal, a new food group, or just to keep it interesting! In addition to scheduled challenges, be on the lookout for periodic pop-up challenges as well.

Will I earn badges for doing a Challenge?

Yes! Each challenge is an opportunity to earn a unique badge only available from completing that specific challenge.

Will the Start Simple with MyPlate app work with my Smartwatch?

The app is compatible with the Apple Watch and with Android devices using the Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear) operating system.

How do I sync my wearable device (Apple or Android) to the app?

Apple: After downloading the app on your phone, open the Watch app on your phone. From here, tap My Watch (or your watch’s name), then scroll down to the Available Apps section. Tap Install next to the Start Simple with MyPlate app. Note: If you have Automatic App Install turned on, the app will already be available on your watch.

Android: After downloading the app on your phone, press the Power button on your watch to see your list of apps. Scroll down and tap Play Store (Google Play icon). Then, scroll down to the Apps on Your Phone section. Tap Install to download the Start Simple with MyPlate app onto your phone.

Note: This information may vary slightly depending on your version of watch and specific phone.

Does the Start Simple with MyPlate app work on tablets, laptops, or desktop computers?

Although the app is designed for phones, it is available on Apple iPads through the App Store or Android tablets with Google Play. It is not available on most laptops or desktop computers.

I don’t want to receive daily reminders anymore. Can I turn them off?

Yes. You can change your notification settings at any time. Tap on the menu (three lines in the upper left corner) of the app, then tap on "Settings." Tap on "Manage Notifications" to turn on/off Notifications and Daily Reminders.

Is there a way to learn more about the app and how it works?

You can find more information about the app from this short introductory video.