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Why is it important to choose healthy portions?

Choosing healthy portions of food can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight. Many people choose portions that are larger than the recommended serving sizes suggested in Canada’s Food Guide. When this happens too often, your daily intake of calories is too high.

What does a healthy serving of food look like in a meal?

The picture below shows a healthy meal. First, start with a smaller plate. When filling the plate, try to include foods from at least three of the four groups of Canada’s Food Guide. Imagine the plate separated into three parts. A healthy plate will have the large part of the plate filled with Vegetables and/or Fruit. The two smaller parts of the plate are for small servings of Meat or Alternatives and Grain Products. To complete your meal add servings of Milk and Alternatives and fruit on the side.

Healthy plate

Source: www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-what-is-a-healthy-portion-size.pdf