Much of my nutrition career is teaching about MyPlate. I love the concept, because it's easy to understand and follow without worrying too much about serving sizes. The idea of MyPlate is that 1/4 of the plate should be lean protein, 1/4 whole wheat product (rice, bread, pasta, potato, etc...), and 1/2 fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that the dinner plate needs to be a reasonable size, not restaurant plates. When I was helping out a weight loss class, my students always complained how hard it was to keep up with the amount of veggie and fuirts per day. MyPlate gives a good visual presentation of what a meal should like. So I decided to take pictures of my dinner for the last week and half, just to see if I met the MyPlate standard.
Day 1: Pan-fried salmon, boiled broccoli with carrot-ginger vinegrette, and buttered homemade no-knead bread.
Day 2: Left over from Cinco de Mayo. Two whole wheat taco shells with sautee zucchini, black beans and tomato stew, shredded chicken, top with chedder cheese and hot sauce.
Day 3: Baked pork chop with chili lime panko breading (from Kraft Fresh Take), oven roasted asparagus, and buttered homemade no-knead bread.
Day 4: Chinese noodles with sauce and bacon-green beans. I am not even sure how to describe the sauce. It was sent to me from my Mom in Taiwan, it's dark, chunky, and lots of flavor and spices.
Day 5: Whole wheat penne with homemade marinara sauce and leftover oven-roasted asparagus.
You might have noticed that several of my food posts have these very unphotogenic orange bowls. They are from my college days, I am waiting for the day when I do my wedding registry for grown-up dish set.
Day 6: Homemade barbeque chicken and broccoli chedder pizza. We had friends over for a pizza party, I was too busy chit-chatting and forgot to take pictures of my plate.
I think I did a pretty good job with keeping the protein at a reasonable portion and having vegetables in all of my meals. I have at least another serving of vegetable for lunch and 3-4 fruits per day.
What does your dinner plate look like?