Balance is the key to life, right? Most of us are striving for balance in our lives, work-life balance, juggling errands while managing a household and possibly kids or other family members. It's seems like life is a constant balancing act, that never seems to really level out.
So with a world full of imbalance, you might ask, where does a balanced plate come into the picture? I like to think of a balanced plate as a metaphor for a well-rounded, nutrient focused diet that works with you and your body, not against you. When I teach my clients how to build a balanced plate, we take it meal by meal, ensuring every meal they eat includes the 3 key macro-nutrients needed for the body to run efficiently and effectively: carbohydrates, protein and fats. When your meals are balanced, you can sustain energy, feel comfortably full and reduce overall cravings. Depending on your goals, body's energy needs and lifestyle, the proportions can vary, but the components always remain.
To dive deeper into what exactly your balanced plate can look like, we can get a bit more detailed on the "types" of carbohydrates (non-starchy veggies + complex carbs), proteins and fats optimal for your body to function at it's highest level.
Below are examples of what type of food falls into each category:
+ Non-Starchy Veggies: spinach, raw carrots, cucumbers, zoodles (zucchini noodles) + cauliflower
+ Complex Carbohydrates: oats, lentils, hummus, sweet potatoes, roasted carrots
+ Protein: tofu, tempeh, edamame, beans, hemp seeds, eggs, chicken breast
+ Fiber-Rich Fat: avocado, nuts, seeds, tahini, nut butters, coconut
The best part about building your own unique balanced plate is that it will and can look completely different from someone else's. You can customize it to your taste preference, time allotment in the kitchen and even budget!
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