Today's image, of course, comes from the new logo unveiled by the USDA this week. It's the new "plate logo" that divides a plate in half for vegetables and fruit, the other half into protein and grains, with a glass for dairy. Check the new website, ChooseMyPlate.gov and click the five areas, see the easy lists of what fits into each one.
So what's today's tip?
How to Eat More VegetablesTIP #14
Imagine a dinner plate, fill half the plate with vegetables and fruits.
There's been a lively conversation about the new logo on Kitchen Parade's Facebook page. It's pretty of course and perhaps over-simplified. But I'm intrigued by its potential usefulness.
Last night's chicken sandwich (recipe to come, it's a good one!), for example, was "vegged up" -- vegetables in the sandwich itself and the sauce too. Still, my plate would have turned out maybe 20% vegetables, 40% protein and 40% grains. To "fix" the proportions, I could have made an open-face sandwich, added a side salad and down-sized the chicken. Building a healthier plate, it wouldn't have been that hard --
SO LET'S TRY SOMETHING, shall we? I'd like you to pick a recent real-life meal and imagine its actual proportions on a plate. Then ask yourself, would it fit the new guidelines? What could you do to change the proportions? Share your thoughts in the comments --
HEALTHY KIDS Who's seen the healthy food plate from the blog Super Healthy Kids? It's a divided melamine plate, a small spot for protein, a small spot for grains and half the plate, yes, half the plate, for vegetables and fruits. (This is NOT a sponsored post, I saw the plates a few months ago, have been meaning to mention them. The time is right!)
Coming next week!
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