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Healthy Portion Sizes with Dr. Ro (video)

We recently caught up with Dr. Ro, a nutritionist, bestselling author and Parent Earth expert. She shares some simple tips to help us make better food choices. A recent study from Cornell University suggests we make about 250 food decisions every day. Dr. Ro stresses the importance of planning a well-balanced meal that takes into account portion control and consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Ros advice:

  • Design your plate to have at least three quarters of vegetables, fruit and grains.
  • Include a small serving of lean protein (fish, meat or chicken)
  • Switch to whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat breads, whole wheat pasta)
  • Try new grains such as barley, oat or quinoa.
  • Teach your children healthy eating habits from an early age.

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2:48PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks.

6:33AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thank you

11:52AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thanks

5:51PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Excellent video! Thank you.

Also, I disagree that this subject is "basically common sense" when a degree of education in regards to diet and nutrition is obviously required if we are to apply good judgement and make practical dietary decisions.

1:37PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

This all just seems like common sense to me but I guess that's because I was raised by parents for whom eating a healthy diet was important. I totally agree with Dr. Ro. The parents need to start feeding kids and talking to them about healthy food choices from the very start.

10:01PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I have always served a variety of fruits and veggies, and now I have an 11 year old boy that can help full grown adults trying to add more veggies how to pick the perfect broccoli and whether or not the fresh vs. frozen Brussels sprouts are better.

Anyway, the only thing to get over is the whole grain pasta... the flavor is just "off" to me, and so I switched to the flavored pasta that is a mix of regular, tomato, spinach & carrot pasta, which will add more fiber and vitamins to it, and it actually helps enhance the flavor of the sauce you put on top over it.

I already do brown rice, cooked oatmeal, etc...

4:43AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

I don't eat meat, but it's great advice! Thanks.

4:19PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Thanks.

4:16AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

This really helped, i never know what a 'healthy' portion is when i dish out food! Thanks

7:43AM PDT on May 31, 2011

basic comment sense really but with kids,just make the normal meal and IF they dont want to eat it..leave them..................................... BUT they MUST NOT be able to eat anything else up to the next meal....

You will find that they soon learn the lesson of eating...normal food...not JUNK food!

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