What's a Complete Balanced Meal? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Meals are Complete When Balanced


A complete meal contains various food groups for balanced nutrition. Different food groups have a different density of nutrients, such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, certain health promoting types of foods are used to supplement meals, such as spices, medicinal herbs, superfoods, tonics and adaptogens, including essential fatty acids (EFA's), vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and protein powder.

Food groups for making complete meals:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Meats
  • Dairy
  • Nuts, Beans, Legumes
  • Grains, Breads, Cereals
  • Oils and Butter
  • Sweets, like chocolate
Food Group Variety Completes a Meal 

Supplemental food groups added to meals:

  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Superfoods
  • Botanicals
  • EFA's
  • Vitamins/Minerals
  • Amino Acids
  • Protein Powder
  • Others, like probiotics and unique constituents
Supplemental Food Groups are Included with Meals