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.
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!
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.
Carbs should fill up to ¼ of the plate. Choose carbs that contain fiber to help with digestion, satiety, and blood sugar regulation.
Certain fats are absolutely essential for good health. Don’t fear them! Find out more about incorporating these into your diet here.
Unsweetened or calorie-free drinks are best. And no, we don’t mean diet soda Try water, sparkling water, unsweetened tea, etc. We have a blog post about reducing sugary drinks here.
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 the 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 your Brook app for more.
on September 26th, 2022. Kelsea is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.