Balanced meals made easy
When you’re preparing a balanced meal, it's important to think about the ingredients, the portions, and the size of your serving.
These three easy tips should tell you how to create a healthy eating plan with nutritious and balanced meals to feed you and your hungry crew. These three easy tips should tell you how to create a healthy eating plan with nutritious and balanced meals to feed you and your hungry crew.
Each food group offers a certain combination of nutrients. This can help you plan your meals to include at least one food from each of these four food groups:
- vegetables and fruit
- grain products
- milk or milk alternatives
- meat or meat alternatives
This way, you'll get a mix of different nutrients in every meal. For a balanced breakfast, you might want to include foods from either three or four of the above food groups.
As a general rule, vegetables, fruit and grains should make up most of your meal.
As a general rule, vegetables, fruit and grains should make up most of your meal. Think about filling ¾ of your dinner plate with these wholesome foods. Add a serving of lean meat or meat alternatives -like grilled chicken, beans or eggs. It should take up the last quarter of your dinner plate. Finally, include calcium-rich food from the milk or milk alternatives food group; (try a small piece of low-fat cheese mixed into the meal, a glass of low-fat milk or even a serving of low-fat flavoured yogurt for dessert).
Have you ever skipped or skimped on breakfast and lunch, only to get home ready to wolf down anything in sight? This can lead to mindless overeating. Instead, take the time to eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch every day. Plan to have one or two small nutritious snacks during the day too. At night, enjoy a smaller sized dinner compared to your lunch. That way, you're fuelled throughout the day when your body is more active.
Healthy eating is a good way to lower your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy heart. Start preparing nutritionally balanced meals at home and feel the difference.