I am a big believer in simple visuals for staying on track with healthy eating and was thrilled when the USDA adopted the “My Plate” icon to replace the confusing and essentially useless “food pyramid.” When I sit down to order a meal, I always aspire to create the “perfect plate” – with one-half of the plate filled with vegetables, one quarter filled with lean protein, and one quarter with a healthy starch (whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes, etc). If I can’t find a healthy starch, I substitute more vegetables. If I am feeling particularly veggie, I will get the entire plate covered in vegetables and top them with some lean protein (as in an entrée salad).
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