Eating a balanced diet means you should try to make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables when you eat. This means that ¼ of your plate will be grains and ¼ will be protein. Eating 2-3 cups of low fat dairy per day is also recommended.
Fruits and Vegetablesare also packed with different vitamins and minerals that you need to stay healthy and reduce your risk for different chronic diseases.
Dairy is a good source of Calcium, which is important for building strong teeth and bones.
Whole Grains are a good source of fiber which helps to keep your digestive system healthy and prevent constipation. Fiber has other benefits like helping maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Protein makes up the the building blocks of our bodies. Eating enough protein also helps to keep you full longer. After eating a protein-packed meal, you're less likely to over eat later.