** at least 3 ounces of whole grains **

1.5 ounces of brown rice = 300 calories

2 slices of wheatbread = 200 calories

Note that the myplate site STILL says "total of 5-6 ounces of grain for women" (yes, at least 3 should be whole grain, but they are still recommending a total grain intake of about 2x that).

For women, from

http://www.foodpyramid.com/myplate/:

** 5-6 ounces of (whole) grains **

1.5 ounces of brown rice = 300 calories

4 slices of wheat bread = 400 calories

= 700 calories

** 2-2.5 cups of veggies **

1 cup of bell pepper = 31 calories

2 cups of spinach = 14 calories

.5 cup of kale = 15 calories

= 60 calories

** 1.5-2 cups of fruit **

.66 cup of banana (=1 banana) = 90 calories

1 cup of blackberries = 65 calories

= 155 calories

** 3 teaspoons of veggie oil ***

avocado oil for cooking and in salad dressing, 1 tablespoons = 125 calories

** 3 cups of milk/yogurt/cheese **

1 cup of milk = 150 calories

1 cup of yogurt = 250 calories

1.5 ounce of cheese (=1 cup) = 175 calories

= 575

Total = 1615 calories

Leaving precious little for 5 ounces of protein (legumes, nuts, meat, etc.) There's enough calorie room for 1-2 tablespoons (=1-2 equiv. ounces) of peanut butter. :)

However, protein equivalents include milk and yogurt and cheese and whole wheat bread, so it's not quite as bad as it seems.

I'm confident the creators worked it out but only on specific food choices. They might've gone through different foods and kicked out those that didn't fit until they got exactly the right combination. "This works! Publish it!"

As a grainarian+legumarian, I generally eat lentils and beans and skimp on the dairy.