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Balanced Food Plate Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Balanced Food Plate.

Overcoming Overeating

Why do we eat? We all know why we should be eating: to supply our bodies with plenty of energy to get through the day; to get nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals which help us to stay healthy and free of disease; and t...  Read more

When Does Nutrition Become an Obsession?

With roughly 45 million Americans dieting each year, healthy eating is a hot topic—not only at New Year's, but through all seasons. But at what point does eating nutritious foods become an unhealthy obsession?   When most peop...  Read more

Healthy Party Foods

Everyone loves a party. There’s something about getting together with your friends that really helps you shed the stress of always trying to balance work and family. But with so many people trying to live healthier these days, finding tasty, di...  Read more

9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less

Setting a goal (such as losing weight) and implementing steps to reach it (like portion control) are two very different things. When it comes to eating healthier—or eating less for that matter—it isn't always as simple as "just e...  Read more

How America Grew

Highlights on food and America from the past 50 years: 1950’s – USDA creates four basic food groups: milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, and breads and cereals. 1954 – Swanson unveils the first TV dinners. Shoveling...  Read more

130 calories. Note to self, stop eating fast food
Updated 1/30/2016 11:31:34 AM

130 calories. Note to self, stop eating fast food and make it yourself....  Read more

Fats too, ate an important part of a balanced diet

Fats too, ate an important part of a balanced diet....  Read more

A balance of carbohydrates, protein, and heart hea

A balance of carbohydrates, protein, and heart healthy fats is what your body needs. Fruit won't provide protein or fat. Protein malnutrition...really bad stuff, you don't want it. Google protein-energy malnutrition....  Read more

There are certain foods that I really miss, but ch
Updated 1/30/2016 1:51:10 PM

There are certain foods that I really miss, but choose not to eat on a regular basis, like most of the McDonald's menu. So glad I made my own sausage muffins; used whole grain, pepperjack, turkey, and added spinach. So good and half the calories!...  Read more

Who had a healthy, balanced breakfast today?
Updated 2/1/2016 2:07:24 PM

This is a 310 calorie breakfast. It is balanced with 1 serving each of Protein, Vegetable, Fruit, Grain, and Dairy. It has 8gm fiber, 39 gm carbs, 8gm fat, 21 gm protein. It also has only 118 of chlolesterol, leaving 182 for the rest of the day...  Read more

vegetables are my saviour

why i've overdone it , i eat a big plate of veg with a chicken stock cube for my main meal and this balances it all out...  Read more

i can't see my plate.....

When you place food on your plate...makes sure you can see your plate....4...  Read more


Are you PASSIONATE about chocolate? Do you see it as a food group?! Join other Chocoholics for discussions, recipe-swapping, & help in keeping this important food group alive!...  Read more

National Food Icon Takes a New Shape

Last Thursday I watched First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil the new food icon, MyPlate. I love the new icon that replaces the often times confusing MyPyramid image as a visual cue a...  Read more

In the News: More of Us Happily Balanced Between Living and Dieting

The French playwright Molière said "Il faut manger pour vivre et non pas vivre pour manger." ("We must eat to live and not live to eat.") That quotation comes from his play "L'Avare" ("The Miser") and provides a fitting comparison. Watching weight i...  Read more