My first real nutrition post!
I love food (wow. shocker.) and I love eating, but I also love ballet and fitting into normal sized clothes. How can I have both? Easy! Nutrition! My favorite fix is adding lots and lots of vegetables to meals that have other calorie dense foods that I enjoy (especially pasta and cheese; those aren’t unhealthy per se, especially whole wheat/low fat respectively, but they do have a lot of calories for not a whole lot of food). You may actually notice that meals from more recent times (the pictures will be in here:not my old apartment or home kitchen) have about twice as many veggies as the rest of the components collectively. Some people like to call this technique Volumetrics, I like to call it delicious.
As I sit here eating my Kale Pie, I want to let you know that my family’s been cooking with the MyPlate principles long before it was even a twinkle in the USDA’s eye. We’ve always assured that half our plates were full of fruits and veggies alongside our grains (we switched to exclusively whole grains about 7 years ago when I first started liking nutrition) and “protein”*. Here’s proof:
It’s also a good idea to add at least half fruit to your breakfast or dessert, if you like sweets at those times… we never really did this at home, but I do now!
*I have a beef (haha, beef, get it?) with that term being used to signify the meat/beans/tofu/eggs, etc. portion of a meal– lots of foods have protein in them that aren’t technically in this category. And if the USDA is trying to be hip and use “protein” as a abbreviation for “complete protein” (i.e. something that has all 9 amino acids that your body cannot synthesize from other amino acids), how are normal people supposed to know that?