Wish there was an easy way to build a healthy lunch or dinner?
Want to feel confident that your meal is nutritious, satisfying, and good for you?
We’ve got you covered with the Brook Healthy Plate.
The Brook Healthy Plate method utilizes a “plate model” to help us think about each meal in a simple and visual way. Using it to build meals takes the guesswork out of good nutrition.
Here are some food items from each category to get your creative juices flowing:
Follow these steps to build your balanced meal:
You did it! You’re ready to enjoy your Brook Healthy Plate.
Need some inspiration? Here are three examples:
So, can a meal fit into the Brook Healthy Plate model without perfectly fitting into the sections shown? Of course! The healthy plate model is a visual guide, not a rule-book! It simply helps us visualize proportions of food types in order to create balance and consistency, without requiring us to break out the measuring cups or scales!
Pick your protein
Filling ¼ of your plate with high protein foods makes sure that you get enough protein, but not too much at the expense of other nutrients. Protein helps with satiety, blood sugar regulation, and maintaining muscle, but our bodies can only use so much at a time, and the rest goes to waste. On average, Americans get about twice the amount of protein they need.
Choose your carbs
Carbs should fill up to ¼ of the plate. Choose carbs that contain fiber to help with digestion, satiety, and blood sugar regulation.
Keep an eye on portion size
Use a 8 to 10 inch plate, and don’t heap the food! This creates automatic portion control when following the Brook Healthy Plate method.
Can you make 3 of your meals this week look like the Brook Healthy Plate? Complete this challenge by preparing, eating, and logging these meals in your Brook app. Meals you already make and love can likely be turned into a Brook Healthy Plate if you just alter the proportions or swap out a couple ingredients.
Need ideas, inspiration, or recipes? Chat with us in the Expert channel for more.
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Reviewed by Kelsea Hoover, MS, RDN
on May 6, 2020. Kelsea is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Brook Experts.