Are You Really Eating a Balanced Meal?
How to construct the ideal dinner
Ah, I see that your dinner plate contains a lot of grilled chicken breast and a little bit of salad. Seems balanced, right? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but it could be better. According to A Daily Dose of Fit ,here is how the perfect dinner plate should be composed:
Step 1: Fill approximately one-half of your plate with leafy greens and vegetables. Sorry to say, but that tiny salad is not gonna cut it, sister. Add some baby spinach, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, broccoli, green beans, and/or Brussels sprouts. Mix these superfoods with some of your other favorite veggies for a power-packed salad, or saute them in a bit of olive oil.
Step 2: Fill one-fourth of your plate with whole grains and/or beans. Fill up on brown rice, quinoa, or lentils. I recommend cooking the brown rice or quinoa in low-sodium chicken broth instead of water for an added dose of flavor.
Step 3: Fill the rest of your plate with a protein approximately the size of a deck of cards. Yes, I said the size of a deck of cards, and not the size of your foot. I recommend fish (full of omega-3s), chicken, or turkey; and tempeh or eggs for the vegetarians out there.
Step 4: Accent your plate with foods that have “good fat” (AKA monounsaturated fat). Toss in some avocados, extra virgin olive oil, or nuts here and there for good measure.
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Posted on May 1, 2013 in Health