5 Tips to "Get Your Plate in Shape"
In honor of National Nutrition Month and in spirit of this year’s theme, Get Your Plate in Shape, I would like to help you do just that. By filling your plate with nutrient-rich choices such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins you will be making sure that you are serving up a meal that is surely aligned with your goals to eat right.
But first, if you haven't read the first portion of this blog, I encourage you to check out the introduction to this year's theme and learn how to transform your plate into a helpful, healthy eating tool. Learn more, here.
Okay, ready to go? Here are five simple suggestions that your entire family can use to Get Your Plate in Shape:
- Vary Your Veggies. Fill the largest section with vegetables, whether fresh, frozen or canned. This step alone will help you to get more nutrition into your day, while squeezing out added calories because vegetables are generally lower in calories than other foods.
- Fill Up On Fruit. In a smaller section, add your fruit. Fresh, frozen, and canned are all nutritious, just look for those that do not come with added sugars by reading the ingredient list of your frozen fruits or by choosing canned fruits that are packed in their own juice instead of syrup.
- Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole. In the remaining larger section grab your grains. Whole grain bread, brown rice, quinoa, barley, and kasha are all delicious ways to boost your whole grain intake.
- Go Lean With Protein. Next, in the final smaller section dish up your protein and be sure to go lean! Leaner protein choices include lean meats, turkey breast, skinless chicken, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products.
- Get Your Calcium Rich Foods. To complete the meal, add in refreshing glass of milk or other dairy product. Just be certain to opt for the fat-free or low-fat versions of milk, yogurt, or cheese. If you are lactose intolerant, go for a non-dairy alternative such as fortified soy milk or almond milk.
For more specific tips on how to Get Your Plate in Shape for National Nutrition Month and throughout the year, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Now it’s your turn! What are you doing to eat right? Do you have any simple tips and tricks to keep you on the path toward a healthier, happier future?