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Eat Better with the Plate Method

Planning a healthy meal is easier than you think with the Plate Method. Read on to learn how to create your plate!

March 03, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Want to eat a better, more balanced diet? It isn’t hard to find advice on how to do it. But with words like “macros,” “low-carb,” and “GMO,” healthy eating can seem confusing—even impossible.

The good news is that eating well can be really easy! You don’t need “superfoods,” and you don’t need to count calories. Just try the Plate Method.

What’s the Plate Method?

It’s an easy way to turn every chance to eat into a healthy, balanced meal. Follow these five steps at breakfast, lunch, and dinner:


Imagine drawing a line across the middle of your plate, then split one of the halves in two. This will divide your plate into three parts.


Fill the largest part with vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli.


Use one part for starchy foods. These include potatoes, rice, and corn.


The fourth part is for healthy protein like chicken, fish, or eggs.


Add a piece of fruit to the side of your plate.


Finish with a glass of milk or water. 

There’s your meal. Enjoy!

To see more examples of vegetables, starches, and healthy protein, download our My Plate Planner here.

More Tips for Healthy Eating

Get even more from your meals with these tips!

Eat your veggies first, even if they aren’t your favorite. Most of your vitamins and nutrients come from vegetables. If you start your meal with veggies, you’ll be more likely to finish them all before you get too full. Also, the hungrier you are, the better they’ll taste. So don’t save them for the end of your meal!

Drink water. Your body is made mostly of water, and drinking enough fluids to stay hydrated makes your body work better. It will help you digest and process your food and will keep you feeling full between meals. When you crave a snack, have a glass of water instead. You may just be thirsty.

Choose healthy snacks. Sugary snacks can pack on extra calories during the day and cause your blood sugar to spike, leaving you feeling hungrier than before. Try not to eat between meals unless you’re truly hungry. If you do need a snack, pick one that’s good for you, like a piece of fruit, cut vegetables, dark chocolate, or unsalted nuts.

Talk to your doctor. If you have a condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you may need to eat specific foods or at certain times during the day. Your doctor is the best person to talk to about what diet or meal plan is right for you.

Go here for healthy recipes that will keep your plate full and delicious!




© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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