When it comes to eating healthy, more matters! The USDA’s Choose My Plate directive suggests filling half your plate with fruits and veggies and the other half with lean protein and whole grains. In 2011, MyPlate replaced the food pyramid as the standard for healthy eating with the intent to help consumers think about building healthier plates. Sunday was National What’s On Your Plate Day, so SlimGenics wants to challenge everyone to take a look at their own plate and see where it stacks up, then take the following steps to easily makeover your plate!
Brighten it Up
If your plate looks lacking in color or variety, chances are you are missing some key components of a healthy plate. Fruits and veggies are a colorful way to add those necessary nutrients to your plate. Try to get more color onto every plate.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
It’s true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast. If you are more of a pastry person, try substituting bagels for steel-cut oatmeal and yogurt with berries. Make sure you’re getting protein in the morning as well. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and you can prepare them in a variety of ways.
Vary Your Foods
There are so many delicious healthy foods out there, don’t limit yourself to just a few! Try something new and you may be surprised. Don’t be put off by strange names or foreign sounding items—bok choy, chard, kale, quinoa—these foods are packed with flavor and nutrients and taste great. A uniform diet may seem comforting, but SlimGenics knows healthy eating becomes more fun when you have options. So open your mind and try something new!
Consider Plate Size
You may think you are eating healthy, when in actuality the size of your plate is making your portion sizes larger than recommended. Try using a smaller plate and notice the difference. Your plate will look fuller and you may not even realize you’re eating less!
It’s All About Balance
If one food group dominates your plate, chances are you aren’t getting the nutrition you need from a balanced diet. Keep your plate as balanced as possible with fruits, vegetables whole grains and lean protein on every plate. The SlimGenics STEP Program is designed to provide clients with a balance of calories and nutrients from protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Plant Your Own Fruits and Veggies
If you have a backyard with room for a garden, consider growing your own food! This will give you a sense of pride and ownership over the things that come across your plate. You will also know exactly where your fruits and veggies come from.