Basic Meal Planning

What does a healthy meal look like?

There is no one right answer to this question.  However, as a general guide to what your plate should look like at most mealtimes I like to show clients the MyPlate image.  It’s by no means perfect, but it is a useful visual. For someone whose typical plate of food consists of a huge mound of pasta with meatballs or a 12 ounce steak plus a baked potato, this can really put things into perspective.

A Dietitian’s Take on the New MyPlate

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health just came out with their own version of the MyPlate.  Their Healthy Eating Plate is a little more detailed than the USDA’s version.  I also appreciate how they use a water glass instead of a milk glass and suggest limiting milk and dairy to just 1-2 servings per day.  “Modest dairy consumption is OK, but having a glass of milk with every meal is excessive and does not reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures,” Willett said.

Check it out:  Harvard Researchers Unveil New Healthy Eating Plate

Keep it in mind when you are serving your family tonight.  Be conscious of how much of your plate is vegetables/fruits (yes-half!)

Do you tend to eat proportions similar to the MyPlate?
If not, what is your reason and do you agree with the general diagram?

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