Have Some Lean Protein, Good Carbs and Lots of Veggies

Tip 9: Make half your plate veggies

Make your plate look like this.
1) Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
2) Reserve a little over a quarter of your plate for grains and make them whole at least half the time
3) Give protein a bit less than a quarter of your plate

Making your plate veggie-focused will also make it lighter, since nonstarchy vegetables tend to fill you up on fewer calories. By the way, this basic formula-mostly veggies, smaller amount of whole grains and meat-can be used in combo dishes as well. Try these produce-packed dinners to get started.

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