In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, I have been taking a look at what is on my plate each meal. As someone who tries to eat healthy, I was surprised to realize the high percentage of my diet that was doing my body more harm than good. If you are ready to rate your plate, take this short quiz to find out where you may be off track with the composition of your meal choices.
According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, consumer studies have proven that food is often selected by taste, not nutrition. This year’s theme, “Enjoy the taste of eating right,” keeps the spotlight on making informed food selections, and reminds us that healthy food does not have to taste like cardboard. The academy has compiled a list of trustworthy informed books to keep you in the know when making your plate, and also refers often to an image called “My Plate” that has replaced the food pyramid. This image is to be used as a guideline for the makeup of a complete meal. Find out more about “My Plate” here.
For a quick read, check out these tips from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to get you started on your way to a healthy diet. Click on each topic to learn more.
- Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Vary your veggies
- Focus on fruit
- Get your calcium-rich foods
- Go lean with protein
Are you a healthy eater? What are some of your tips that help keep you on track? Any great tasting healthy recipes? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!