Hot dogs and hamburgers are known as the usual staples for grilling, but it is important to consume a variety of foods to achieve balanced meals.
Using the MyPlate™ method is a great way to ensure that one-fourth of your plate is a lean protein, one-fourth is a whole-grain and at least half your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables – in addition to one serving of low fat milk, yogurt or cheese. A simple solution for this method is to use foil packets on the grill or over a campfire, which will help you meet the MyPlate™ guidelines. All you need you need is foil and a fork.
MyPlate™ Tips1. Consider the size of your plate. Try using a 9-inch plate as a way to reduce portion size and calories.
2. Review the food groups; what foods fit into each section?
- Visually divide the plate or bowl in half.
- Fill half of the plate with veggies and/or fruit.
- Fill one-quarter of the plate with lean meat or protein.
- Fill one-quarter of the plate with grains, including whole grains as much as possible.
- Add one serving of low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese.
4. Focus on whole, low-fat foods:
- fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables,
- whole grains,
- fresh, lean protein,
- skim milk, cheese and nonfat yogurt.
Here are examples of how to make MyPlate™ work for you.Family Dinner:
Whole wheat spaghetti noodles topped with meat sauce, side of leafy green salad with cherry tomatoes, glass of skim milk, broiled pineapple for dessert.
Brown Bag Lunch:
Sandwich - whole wheat bread, turkey, low-fat cheese and fresh vegetables, side of baby carrots, 2 clementines.
Parfait - nonfat yogurt layered with berries, granola and sliced almonds, banana on the side.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.