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How to Arrange a Plate for Wellbeing

When you're trying to enhance your health, what you eat is an essential factor. Empowering yourself with knowing just what you need on your plate will help you make daily food decisions that will leave you feeling nourished and well. By plating your foods in the right proportions, you'll make staying on track with your wellness journey easier.

Here's how you can arrange your plate for optimal nutrients:

Non-starchy veggies should take up the majority of your plate

Envision a line down the center of your dinner plate. Then fill one side of that (half of your plate) with non-starchy vegetables. Brussels sprouts, leafy greens, broccoli, peppers, and green beans are excellent examples of non-starchy vegetables. By splitting your plate so that they occupy half of it, it will be easier for you to meet the daily requirements for your health. These vegetables can be fresh, frozen, or even canned if there are no other options. Fresh tastes best, but being flexible with what you have is important.

Protein should take up a quarter of the plate

Split it into two equal parts for that other half of your plate and fill one of those parts (which will be ¼ of your plate) with lean protein. Chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, or beans will help you make a healthy lean protein choice for your meal.

Whole grains and starchy options are for the last quarter of space

The final addition to your healthy plate is healthy grains and starchy foods. Things like quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, potatoes, turnips, and butternut squash are prime examples of what could fill this last quarter. Keep in mind that the type of carbohydrates you consume is more important than the amount in your diet. This is because some carb sources like veggies, fruits, beans, and whole grains, are healthier options.

Don't forget about fruit either, which can satisfy a sweet craving in a healthy way. They can give you more vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and water. Fruits are great to have as snacks, with your breakfast in the morning, or even dressed up as dessert after a meal. There are an endless and delicious array of fruits to choose from, so you never have to worry about getting bored of options.

Additionally, including healthy fats like olive oil will give your body what it needs. You can get it by adding avocado to your meal or measuring your oils to enhance your meals and have them bursting with flavor. Infused olive oils take this taste enhancement to the next level.

While we're focused on what to put on our plate, we also need to be mindful of what's in our glass. Hydration is a crucial piece in your wellness journey puzzle, so be sure to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy any other beverages, but prioritizing your water will help you in many ways.

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