Update Your Plate

The Update Your Plate Series is designed to help you visualize an easy way to put together nutritious, balanced meals. In these posts, I start with meals that are “unbalanced”–meaning, they are missing a component or two. With a few changes, I transform the meals into nutritious powerhouses.

Check out the posts below and learn how to transform your smoothies, pizzas, salads, mixed dishes, and more into delicious meals that will work for you.


Update Your Plate

Update Your Plate, Part 6: The Pizza Edition

Remember this? Well, this is what our homegrown passionfruit looks like now: Empty as a fridge on grocery shopping day. I admit, my disappointment grew faster than Maddie eating a bag of stolen almonds when I saw this shriveled up passionfruit. I was looking forward to the sweet/tart flavor of a fresh-picked passionfruit sometime this…

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Update Your Plate, Part 5: The Simple Combo Plate

This post is a continuation of the Update Your Plate series, where I demonstrate how to use MyPlate to plan your meals. Read the story behind Update Your Plate here. This week, I introduce combination dishes. My plan is to eventually illustrate some really complicated dishes, like casseroles or stews with a million-and-a-half ingredients. ……

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Update Your Plate, Part 2: The Salad Edition

It’s time for another edition of … Update Your Plate! *cue The Final Countdown* Last week, I introduced MyPlate, USDA’s newest healthy eating guide. I’ve been using a system similar to MyPlate for several years to help me balance my meals and to ensure I’m getting enough vegetables, protein, etc. to keep me nourished. The…