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What's on Your Plate?



What's on Your Plate?

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     challenging words:    chow, time, dinner, onto, calcium, plate, load, build, choose, different, veggies, remember, sure, great, half, other


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What's on Your Plate?
By Erin Horner
  

1     It's dinner time. What's on your plate? Is it full of junk? I hope not! Eating real junk would make you sick. Eating too much junk food could make you sick too. Eating healthy foods, on the other hand, can help you have a healthy body. The USDA wants to help you choose healthy foods. They suggest that at least one half of your dinner plate be filled with fruits and veggies. When choosing fruits and veggies, remember that color counts. Different colored fruits and vegetables contain different nutrients. So don't get stuck in a red rut; load up on green, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies too! Your plate needs some grains as well. Grains are carbohydrates. They give you energy. At least half of your grains should be whole grains. Brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread are all great choices. Dairy and protein need to be on your plate as well. The calcium .....
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