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2 formulas for ‘seeing’ if your meal is healthy without counting any calories

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You may have seen one of these versions in dieting articles.

The ‘Swedish Plate’ as it is called in Finland, France, and Canada – is being called the “New American Plate” in the U.S.


Swedish Plate or New American PlateUsing a 9 inch plate - Fill 2/3 of your plate with plant foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains), and 1/3 with meat, fish, or poultry.


The “Idaho Plate” takes it one step further and is actually recommended for people with diabetes –

Fill ½ of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. Fill ¼ with a starchy vegetable (like potato or beans) or grain (like rice). Fill (not stacked) ¼ with meat, fish, or poultry.

Either way, you’ll know you’re eating healthy without having to count a thing. 

Off the plate, have a salad, one serving of dairy, and 1 serving of fruit. In Europe, fruit and cheese is dessert.  

Seems like a lot of food, doesn't it?

You won't be heading to the fridge in an hour! You and your body will be totally satisfied.



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