How To Create A Healthy Plate of Food

a healthy plate of food

Each meal is fuel for our body and we need to take this seriously if we want to look after ourselves. Never forget all the food groups throughout the day. All your daily meals and snacks should include protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy. Also, limit the number of saturated fats and sugars your food has.

Ever wondered what a healthy plate of food looks like?

  • Ensure half of your plate are vegetables and fruit
    • Fruit and vegetables are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. They’re a good source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems
  • Include whole grains
    • Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants. A diet rich in whole grains reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
  • Dairy products
    • Consuming dairy products provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. They’re a good source of energy and protein and contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including calcium.
  • Add lean protein to your plate
    • Choose protein foods such as lean beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, and eggs, nuts, beans, or tofu. You should change these to seafood protein twice or three times a week.

A healthy plate is an easy way to control portion sizes. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, one quarter with lean protein, and one with whole grains for a healthy eating plan. Below is a video taken from My Doctor – Kaiser Permanente YouTube channel which explains what a healthy plate of food looks like.