- Author: DeAnna Molinar
Variety is key when it comes to eating a well-balanced meal. So this month we are changing it up a bit! We have some fun ideas on how to incorporate a MyPlate lesson into your Valentine's Day lunch or dinner.
What about breakfast? Well I am glad you asked! Remember, for a healthy lunch or dinner we should try to have all five food groups, for breakfast we only need three.
If you are looking for a way to encourage your child, student or even yourself to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, we have some fun ideas to fill your plate with hearts this Valentine's Day!
Browse our ideas below by food group!
What you will need: heart shaped cookie cutters in various sizes and knife (for heart shaped egg you will also need skewer or chopstick, two rubber bands, and one empty carton).
- Dairy (switch to low-fat or non-fat): top yogurt with heart shaped berries; cut cheese into heart shapes
- Grains (make half your grains whole):make heart shaped pancakes, rolls, and tortillas; make a sandwich of your choice then use a cookie cutter to make a heart shaped sandwich
- Protein (go lean with protein and get a variety): shape hamburger, tuna or salmon patties into heart shapes, make heart shaped eggs, arrange nuts or seeds in heart shapes on your plate
- Fruit (make half your plate fruits and vegetables): cut your favorite fruits into heart shapes
- Vegetables (make half your plate fruits and vegetables): cut your favorite vegetables into heart shapes
Healthy food can be fun!