I’m exhausted coming off a weekend of two kiddie birthday parties and a BBQ we hosted. I realize this way too much for Big A after witnessing her meltdown at my mother-in-law’s last night.
I’ve learned my lesson: one party a weekend is enough.
So we are easing into this week with some easy meals but will be trying some new stuff as the week progresses. I’ve been eyeing this baked chicken and shrimp recipe for a while. We grilled some shrimp over the weekend and it was yummy!
For meal planning ideas see Org Junkie.
Monday: Quesadillas with toppings
Tuesday: Spaghetti with meatballs, bread, roasted broccoli, and salad
Wednesday: Kids Choice
Thursday: Garlic Chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, fruit, and salad
Friday: Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp with brown rice salad, fruit, and roasted cauliflower
The New Food Icon is Here — MyPlate
Last week there was big news in the nutrition world. The Food Guide Pyramid has been replaced with the new food icon — MyPlate.
This article in the Huffington post reflects on the history of food guides. Food guides are not new — the government has been making recommendations for more than 100 years. There has been The Basic 5, The Basic 7, The Basic 4, and in 1992 the Food Guide Pyramid. In 2005 the pyramid got a makeover with MyPyramid, but that never really took off.
The hope is that MyPlate will make it easier for people to make healthy choices. The idea is to portion your plate with half fruits and vegetables, a protein source, and a serving of grains. And don’t forget the side of dairy.
The key messages that go along with the plate are:
• Enjoy your food but eat less.
• Avoid oversized portions.
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk.
• Make at least half your grains whole grains.
• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks
What do I like? It’s a nice visual that is really easy to understand. Simple is always best when it comes to visual food guides.
Its shortcomings? Anytime you go simple, you leave things out. Fat is not included and it may be hard for people to translate this guide to mixed dishes such as lasagna and burritos. It also doesn’t take into account the different nutritional needs of children, which I’ll be talking more about in my continuation of the Kids’ Nutrition Series.
In the end, it’s all about balancing the plate, which is always good. Put your food on a plate, sit down, and enjoy it.
What do you think?
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