Perfect portions

2017-05-11 06:00

MANY people battle to eat a balanced diet every day. Proper portion sizes are important in achieving this.

Imagine a dinner plate from home, and divide that into food groups mentioned here:

Most of the plate should contain vegetables and/or salad for lunch and dinner. Have a fruit in-between meals to get Vitamin C and A, which support the immune system

An equal amount can contain whole grain starches e.g. brown rice, whole-wheat bread or pasta or baby or sweet potatoes

A smaller amount should be left for lean protein, for example, skinless chicken, lean red meat, fish or lentils and beans. Fatty fish like tuna and sardines provide essential Omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit heart health

Dairy products can contribute the same as the amount as protein i.e. low fat cheese or milk in food preparation or a glass of milk. Yoghurt can be used as a snack in-between meals

Fats should contribute the smallest amount, so limit fried foods. Use olive oil for food preparation, or nuts and seeds in a stir-fry. - Supplied.

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