The Healthy Eating Plate

Think of Your Heart chronicles by , January 19, 2016 - 08:15

The Healthy Eating Plate is an excellent tool to help you create a balanced meal for lunch and dinner.

The Healthy Eating Plate

In general, the plate is divided into three sections

  • A quarter of the plate for lean meat and alternatives
  • A quarter of the plate for grain products, ideally whole grains  
  • Half of the plate for vegetables

Depending on how hungry you are, you can eat more, but remember to keep the same proportions, that is, twice the amount of vegetables as lean meat or grain products. Don't forget to add high-quality fats, a piece of fruit and/or a dairy product to your meal, or simply eat them with your next snack.

For breakfast, you can modify the plate a bit by removing the vegetable and lean meat sections. Instead, the plate should include grain products (ideally whole grains), a piece of fruit, a dairy product and a source of healthy fat (such as nut butter or nuts).

By Élise Latour, Registered Dietitian
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