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Eat Right! The Healthy Eating Plate
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from The Harvard School Of Public Health Website)
The Healthy Eating Plate, created by nutrition experts at Harvard, provides detailed guidance in a simple format to help people make the best eating choices.
Fruits and vegetables should make up 50% of your plate. Aim for color and variety, and remember - potatoes don’t count as vegetables on the Healthy Eating Plate!
The next 25% of your plate should go to whole and intact grains (e.g. whole wheat, barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice), and foods made with them (e.g. whole wheat pasta). They keep you fuller for longer, and have more vitamins and minerals.
Protein should make up 25% of your plate as well. As much as possible, stick to fish, chicken, beans, and nuts.
Use healthy vegetable oils like olive, canola, soy, corn, sunflower, and peanut.
Drink water, coffee, or tea.
Use the Healthy Eating Plate as a guide for creating healthy, balanced meals—whether served on a plate or packed in a lunch box. Put a copy on the refrigerator as a daily reminder to create healthy, balanced meals!