Get Your Plate in Shape: Dinner

In honor of National Nutrition Month we’re sharing meal ideas that follow the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines. We’ve done breakfast and lunch, now it's dinner time.
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In honor of National Nutrition Month we’re giving you meal ideas that follow the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. We’ve covered breakfast and lunch—now it's dinner time.

The Guidelines

Ending the day with a well-balanced meal is important. This is your last big change to take in any nutrients you may not have gotten enough of during the day. For example, if you have pasta primavera for lunch, be sure to include 3 to 4 ounces of protein for dinner. If you didn’t get in all your fruits during the day, make sure to add one for dessert.

Meal 1: Lasagna

Food groups: protein, grain, dairy, fruit, veggie
Meal 2: Chicken Stew
1 cup mixed greens with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette
1 small whole wheat roll

Food groups: protein, grain, fruit, veggie
Meal 3: Chicken
1 cup sliced strawberries topped with 1 tablespoon whipped cream

Food groups: protein, grain, fruit, veggie
Meal 4: Salmon
¾ cup cooked brown rice
1 cup skim, low-fat or soy milk

Food groups: protein, grain, dairy, veggie
Meal 5: Beef
1 cup skim, low-fat or soy milk
1 cup sliced cantaloupe

Food groups: protein, dairy, fruit, veggie

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

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