Healthy Bites:Make MyPlate your Plate

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: April 2013

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Mary Ellen Herndon:

Hi. I'm Mary Ellen Herndon, a dietician at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites Nutrition challenge. Your challenge for the next month is to have at least two meals meet the USDA's My Plate recommendations. [Background Music] To do this half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, a quarter of it should be protein, like chicken or fish or beans, and that final quarter should be grains, especially whole grains. If you'd like, you can also have a small serving of low fat dairy such as skim milk or low fat yogurt on the side.

Brittany:

Hi. My name is Brittany and I took on the My Plate challenge. I had to get creative to make sure half my plate was fruit and vegetables. I love fruit, so that was easy but I had to work to make vegetables more appealing. So I tried different cooking methods. I found that roasting vegetables tastes delicious. Also, I started carrying raw fruits and vegetables with me, the vegetables with a healthy dip like Greek yogurt or hummus. And it helped me stay out of fast food lines.

Mary Ellen Herndon:

Following the My Plate recommendations is a great way to make sure you're eating a balanced diet and getting all of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. In fact, if you take it one step further and fill two thirds of your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans you may be able to curb your risk for cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. You can learn more about this month's challenge at www.mdanderson.org/healthybites. You'll also find some recipes, tools and tips to help you make My Plate your plate. Good luck.


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