Events and dinner parties are filled with delicious treats, but nutrition is still important. Keep these suggestions handy to make a more balanced plate.
A quarter of your plate should be grains. Aim to make at least half of your daily grains whole grains. Whole grains contain vital nutrients, such as fiber and magnesium. Use the nutrition label to choose whole grain items that are lower in unhealthy fats and sodium.
There are plenty of ways to fill a quarter of your plate with protein—either with meat or plant-based foods. Lean meat, beans, peas, seafood, and eggs are all fair game. Avoid the fryer, and grill, bake, or roast instead!
What’s an appetizer platter without cheese? Just keep in mind the recommended daily limit of three cups of dairy per day when reaching for that extra slice. And, let’s face it, dessert is unavoidable. Don’t deprive yourself of a delicious treat, but remember that moderation is key!
Half your plate should be made up of whole fruits and a variety of veggies. Try to include dark greens, such as spinach, kale, and chard, as well as starchy veggies, such as potatoes and squash. Aim to include fruits, like apples, pomegranates, and pears.