All of the nutrition recommendations we hear in the media combined with all of the fancy claims plastered all over food labels is simply overwhelming. Throw that confusion on top of the task of providing nourishment to your children in a form they will agree to eat and this whole eating thing can get downright exhausting. To help you keep it simple and get it all done I want to share my “Happy Plate” concept with you.

Here are the components of a Happy Plate:

• Only nutrient rich food  (lean protein, veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy)

• High in Protein

• Visually appealing

• Empty! A happy plate is an empty plate!

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” which encourages consumers to develop a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. Click here to for more resources.
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So, for the next few weeks I will focus on providing tips to help you incorporate “The Happy Plate” in “…Your Way, Every Day”. Next week we will talk about incorporating the Happy Plate into the most important meal of the day – Breakfast.

Now, I am interested in hearing your ideas of what makes a Happy Plate. What are some things you have done to make food more visually appealing?  Do you think your kids would empty a happy plate?

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Leheska