What is a “Healthy Meal?” To some it would be a vegetarian meal with a balance of nutrients. Others might say it is a meal that nourishes the body. The real answer, could very well be “It depends.” Each person and family needs to lay out a meal plan that is “healthy” for them. If there are special medical needs, your doctor should review your food choices to make sure there are no risks in changing meal plans.
The USDA is promoting the ‘Choose My Plate’ model to illustrate what a healthy meal would look like. Their plate allows for about 20 servings a day with half made up of vegetables and fruit, The other half calls for lean proteins, whole grains and good vegetable oils. An added circle represents low-fat dairy products. Their model includes a list of recommended foods for each category. See our articles for more details and to keep up on the ongoing debate regarding healthy food choices.
The following articles reflect on how food affects your general health. However, keep in mind that we include these to stimulate discussion and our readers should not look upon them as the final word in health regimens. New research is always cropping up to give us new insight as to what is deemed ‘healthy.’