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How can I eat a 'balanced' meal?

What makes a meal 'balanced'? Do I really need a fruit, vegetable, grain, meat and dairy at EVERY MEAL? What about snacks?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on Dec. 21, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • here's what i do. breakfast is a cut up apple and banana with a glass of pure orange juce (thats your 3 servings of fruit) one egg and one piece of whole wheat toast that is protein and complex carbs and fiber (i usually put the egg on top of the toast and eat it like that). also take a multi vitamin with breakfast. lunch is usually a wrap or a salad of lettuse, carrots one slice each of cut up red, orange, and yellow sweet peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers and i top it with shredded cheddar cheese. look i'll make it easy for you. first take multivitamins daily. second you can have 3 servings of fruit, 3 of COMPLEX carbs, 4 servings of protein, and as many veggies as you want. create your meals and snacks from that

    Answer by momofone725 at 12:46 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • I wouldn't worry so much about balancing every meal as making sure you're eating nutritiously and based on nutritional guidelines, or your specific dietary needs. If you look at federal nutrition guidelines, you need more grains and fruit/veggies than meat servings, so you're going to be "unbalanced" at the end anyway. If you know proper portion sizes, it's not as hard as it seems anymore. A simple sandwich contains 2-3 grain servings depending on the size of the bread slices!

    I found great resources on this at places like SparkPeople and RealAge.

    Answer by geminilove at 1:33 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • Yes, that's what a balanced meal is. It's really not that much. 1-2 slices 100% whole wheat bread with a couple of ounces of lean sliced turkey or ham, an ounce of cheese, a few lettuce leaves or some baby spinach and some slices of bell pepper, maybe a few onion slices, tomato slices, etc, plus a peice of fruit. 1 sandwich & 1 fruit, you've got all the food groups in a small fairly light meal - add plenty of veggies and you've got more than 1 veggie serving. Or even a bowl of vegetable beef soup (1 cup usually gets you a protein & a veg serving), plus a small whole grain roll, and a peice of fruit & glass of milk or cup of yogurt. Yes, you can have some of the stuff for snacks, but considering how many veggie servings you need in a day, you need to eat more than one per meal or every snack also has to be one.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • You should have veggies w/ every meal

    Answer by sstepph at 9:02 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • Balanced meals for me are fist sized veggoe, and palm sized protein. I eat each veggie steamed. For snacks I eat almonds and other nuts, cellery and p.b. Cottage cheese and fruit.

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 8:06 PM on Dec. 22, 2010

  • you can use your hand as a guide to portion size.Its all about portions .Meat should be no bigger than the palm of one hand.(no fingers)vegtable's the same rule.No white bread.Wheat is better.fruits are great they are already sized for you.

    Answer by grismelda at 3:04 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

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