A complete balanced meal contains various food groups for balanced nutrition; different food groups have a different density of nutrients, such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and unique constituents that are best combined together in balanced way for optimal nutrition.
Food Groups In Complete Balanced Meals
Below is list of the food groups for making complete balanced meals. Always be sure to add a source of protein, since protein is essential to many bodily functions throughout during both activity and rest. Many types of vegetables can be considered a carbohydrate. Sweets and desserts are added in small amounts to satisfy a craving, while reducing a only a small portion of the carbohydrate type foods.
Fruits and Juices
Dairy and Cheeses
Nuts, Beans, Legumes
Grains, Breads, Cereals
Oils and Butter
Sweets and desserts, like chocolate
Food Group Combinations In Complete Balanced Meals
Examples of optimal combinations to complete a balanced meal. A selection of a balance of equal portions of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is best from any of the food group selections available.
Veggies, Meats, Grains
Dairy, Bread, Fruit
Cheese, Nuts, Grains, Sweets
Cereals, Dairy, Eggs, Juice
Beans/Legumes, Oil, Veggies
Meats, Beans/Legumes, Butter
Supplemental Foods Build-Up Complete Meals
Certain health promoting types of foods are used to supplement meals by adding them to meal-time.
Supplemental Foods Added to Complete Meals
Supplemental foods can be added in any combination to complete meals. Generally they are added in a culinary way for flavor or for increasing the nutrient density for particular chosen health benefits.
Others, like probiotics and unique constituents
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