“National Nutrition Month®”,what Get Your Plate in Shape means to me.
I think about portion control, balance, composition and use of space. That’s that visual artist in me I guess. In order for me to get and keep my plate in shape I think about all my favorite food groups getting their proper space. I make sure everything is there including meat, grain, fruit and veg, like a beautiful piece of art.
With a background in painting and an early love for colorful things, my plate looks like a food rainbow. I love fruit and eat it every day. It’s so easy to grab an apple, banana or orange, even at the gas station.
When it comes to meat I try to keep it colorful also. For me this means fish first, my favorite, then highlights of chicken or pork and accents of red. I like eating fish because there are so many kinds (colors) to choose from; orange salmon, pink tuna, silver trout and saucy sardines. Once a week my plate has either mustard yellow sardines or red hot pepper sardines with multigrain crackers and a side of green. So pretty and yummy!
As a young woman with a family history of osteoporosis I know the importance of dairy on my plate. That doesn’t mean I have to have a big glass of milk or boring cheese. I find a great way to get healthy dairy is on salads. I try cottage cheese instead of ranch dressing, feta cheese instead of white cheddar or even plain yogurt with salt and pepper.
My last brush stoke for the rainbow food plate is very sweet. I love sugar and let myself have a bit of chocolate or dessert every day. Sweets that come in little packages are best, a piece of joy wrapped in colorful foil or a smile on a wooden stick is my favorite way to finish a beautiful meal.
A plate that’s in shape should represent all the food groups, be full of colors and end with a happy face. Think of meals as masterpieces.
MollieShea Stephens, LMT