What is the serving size for non-starchy vegetables in the USDA MyPlate?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Based on a 2000 calorie diet, 2 ½ cups of vegetables is recommended per day. A one cup serving is equal to 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice; or 2 cups of leafy green vegetables. One cup portion of raw vegetables are: 3 spears of broccoli, 1 large tomato or bell pepper or 12 baby carrots. If you cup two of your hands together, you can visualize a 1 cup serving.

In general, a serving is considered:

  • 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice
  • 2 cups of raw leafy greens

Visit for a complete listing of all the variety of vegetables in this food group.

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