Divide and Conquer: How to Make a Balanced Meal

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There's nothing "square" about eating balanced meals. We've all heard it's important to get proper portions of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, but sometimes it's the last thing we have time to plan. All of a sudden, the "What's for (breakfast, lunch, dinner)?" question is looming.

Rather than hoping for the best, visually divide your plate into three sections: half for fruits and veggies, one quarter for protein and the other quarter for grains. Try out some of these healthy recipes if you're not sure where to get started. It's easy to fill in any missing areas of the plate by adding foods like brown rice, quinoa, green salad dressed with olive oil, or fresh fruit. Also, search online for balanced meal planners to take the guesswork out of it. Again, the real key is to be mindful of the portion needs and sizes.

Try these additional tips to achieve balance when eating:
  • Eat a larger lunch (to stay satiated until what, for many, is a long time before dinner).
  • Drink water or milk rather than sugary drinks.
  • Avoid added sugars, but "everything in moderation" is always good to avoid feeling deprived.
  • Eat at least three meals a day.

And remember, it's just as important to feed your pet as well as you feed your family.

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