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Healthy Eating Tip: Plate Your Veggies First

No matter the health issue, from losing weight to preventing cancer, we all should be eating more veggies. One simple way to accomplish this task is to stop thinking of veggies as garnish and plate them first.

Try to cover at least half of your plate with healthful side dishes featuring produce. I like to think of the meat as a side dish and my salad and steamed broccoli as the main dish. This mindset helps keep the portions in check and increases the amount of vegetables I eat daily. Ultimately, I find a well-balanced plate — 25 percent meat or protein, 25 percent whole grain carb, 50 percent veggies — leads to a well-balanced diet. Try it and see what you think.


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culinarygirl culinarygirl 8 years
I did this for 2 weeks and I lost 5 pounds. It works.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that this is a good tip - but for me - all i eat are veggies since i'm a veggie myself. i think that the other piece to this is to use smaller plates and then plate the veggies first. that makes you more apt to eat more vegetables and less fat
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always start my dinner with a big salad and that usually helps to fill me up so I don't eat so much of my entree.
Donatello Donatello 8 years
I eat a lot of vegetables, but not as much as my ex-girlfriend. The problem is she was vegetarian, and a diet too heavy in vegetables creates too much flatulence. After all, our bodies produce pepsin - which is meant to break down the protein found in meat and is virtually useless in breaking down plant cellulose. However, we are omnivorous - and an omnivorous diet suits humans the best - regardless of what PETA would like you to believer. Or for that matter, the funny people over at :)
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I usually eat a meal of 50% veggies and 50% protein.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I like to put a salad on my plate, which usually spreads out and takes up a lot of room.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
This works at the dinner table. It's kind of difficult at a buffet though, like during holidays. But still I tend to build my plate with veggies first.
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