Eating smart can be an easy balancing act when you follow these American Dietetic Association guidelines.

50 Percent Vegetables and Fruits

Filling half your plate with produce provides a healthy helping of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. Because vegetables and fruits are usually low in calories and high in fiber, you can enjoy generous servings while reducing your risk of gaining weight. Try a wide variety in a broad range of colors to maximize nutritional benefits.

25 Percent Protein

Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, beans, and nuts are all sources of protein -- needed to build, maintain, and repair all cells. Aim to get most of your 25 percent from lean meats, skinless poultry, and fish. Enjoy in moderation foods that are high in protein as well as fat, such as heart-healthy nuts and calcium-rich cheese.

25 Percent Carbohydrates

Beans and other legumes, potatoes, rice, bread, and pasta contain complex carbohydrates. These foods are known to improve digestion, fuel the body, boost heart health, and even prevent certain cancers. When it comes to grain products, pick whole-grain versions whenever possible for maximum nutrition.

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Martha Stewart Member
December 20, 2008
Does anybody know where to find the plate featured in this article of the magazine? It's on page 38 - a white ceramic (?) tray with perfect portions. They don't have any buying info - I guess it could be photoshopped and not available to purchase.