An average meal in the United States has
too many calories and too much fat, cholesterol, animal protein, salt, and
sugar. It is missing whole grains and fresh fruits and doesn't have enough
For a suggested dinner, use a smaller plate (9 in.). Divide your plate into four parts to see how much space each
food should take.
Fill a little more than one-fourth of your plate with grains.
Fill a little less than one-fourth of your plate with protein. Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and peas, nuts and seeds, and soy are good sources of protein.
Fill the remaining half of your plate with vegetables and fruits.
Add a cup of milk or yogurt to your meal.
MyPlate is the U.S. government's food guide. It can help you make your own well-balanced eating plan. It is available online at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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