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.
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?