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How to Create a Balanced Plate

The food guide pyramid has turned into a plate!  That’s right… the government has revamped its image and changed the healthy eating model into a dinner plate. The 2010 dietary guidelines are focused on balancing calories, increasing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy, and decreasing foods high in sodium and fats, plus limiting sugary beverages.  

Let’s explore what that really means to you.  The plate is divided into three sections that represent a balanced meal.  Half of the plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, one quarter of the plate should be grains (i.e. bread, pasta, rice starchy vegetables), and one quarter of the plate is for lean protein (i.e. fish, turkey, lean beef, tofu, beans and nuts).  Remember your serving of low-fat dairy (i.e. 1% and skim milk, low fat yogurt, cheese) on the side of the plate to help meet calcium needs. 

Follow these three important tips to healthy eating:




If you need additional assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your Emory Dining manager or chef. You can also contact our Registered Dietitian Jessica L Perry MS, RD, LD.

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