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Paula’s Perfect Plate: Color Me Healthy!


From a very young age, thanks to my mom, I knew the value of a colorful plate. Once my brothers, sisters, and I were old enough to dish up our own plates, Mom would always look it over to make sure we met her 3-color rule. Her requirements were simple and understandable; she would say, “I want to see 3 colors on your plate.” My Mom didn’t speak the modern day language of macronutrients, k-cals, carb/protein/fat ratios etc.; she spoke a much friendlier ‘kid version’ of nutritional balance. This simple rule will benefit us all.

Red = Protein

Yellow = Fats and Carbohydrates (breads, rice, pasta)

Orange, Green, Blue, Purple = Carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables)

Little did I know she was nutritionally spot-on!

Many nutritional zealots would argue that these guidelines over-simplify nutritional balance, but for a young girl that felt a tremendous desire to live a healthy life, they were the perfect start to what evolved into a lifetime committed to healthy living. Coloring your plate healthy is easily understood by anyone and played a large role in setting the foundation for what would later become my understanding of nutritional balance.

Let’s take a look at a day full of color with Paula’s Perfect Plate! We begin the day with my rich, Crustless Tomato, Basil, Spinach Quiche, a side of cottage cheese and sliced tomato. First snack of the day is one of my summer favorites and perfect for sitting by the pool—Hurricane Fruit Salad (the rum is optional). Lunch is two of Paula’s favorites, grilled Turkey Burgers and Broccoli, Bell Pepper, and Carrot Slaw. The afternoon snack is my uniquely flavored, fresh, crunchy salad made of Jicama, Mango, Coconut Milk and curry! Dinner never disappoints with my famous Peachy Mustard Pork Chops and a large, fresh spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and egg.

Paula's Perfect Plate

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Until Next Time… LIVE INSPIRED!!!

Robin xoxo

Robin Shea - As a healthy lifestyle mentor, speaker, celebrity cook, and creator of The 80/20 Lifestyle, Robin Shea is committed to providing her clients with reliable sources for nutritional and fitness guidance, among other aspects of healthy living. Robin has been helping people embrace healthier food choices, fall in love with fitness, and correct plain old stinkin’ thinkin’ for over 14 years.


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