Healthy Eating Tip: Plate Your Veggies First

No matter the health issue, from losing weight to preventing cancer, we all should be eating more veggies. One simple way to accomplish this task is to stop thinking of veggies as garnish and plate them first.


Try to cover at least half of your plate with healthful side dishes featuring produce. I like to think of the meat as a side dish and my salad and steamed broccoli as the main dish. This mindset helps keep the portions in check and increases the amount of vegetables I eat daily. Ultimately, I find a well-balanced plate — 25 percent meat or protein, 25 percent whole grain carb, 50 percent veggies — leads to a well-balanced diet. Try it and see what you think.

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