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Healthy Lunch - Tuna Pita - Using MyPlate Guidelines - ChooseHealthLA.com

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Published on Aug 27, 2011

Switch up your sandwich with this delicious, nutritous tuna pita. Watch how we make the most of our midday meal using MyPlate.

In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the MyPlate icon as a guide to making healthy food choices. MyPlate is divided into sections showing the five basic food groups -- fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. Think of it as a map for planning your healthy meals!

Here's how RENEW LA County Project Director and Registered Dietician Suzanne Bogert prepared this tuna pita for a healthy lunch:

1) Start with a small apple (fruits) and a medley of vegetable sticks like carrots, red pepper, celery and jicama (vegetables).

2) Pour a small side of yogurt dip (dairy) for the vegetables. We used tzatziki, which is a Greek dip made with yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice and dill.

3) Stuff half of a whole wheat pita (grains) with tuna (protein) mixed with celery, green onions and mustard or low-fat Italian dressing. Try to avoid using high-fat spreads such as mayonnaise.

4) To drink, pour a glass of water with lemon or unsweetened tea instead of sugar-loaded drinks like soda, sports drinks and sweetened teas.

To learn more about making healthy meals using MyPlate guidelines, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

For more information on eating healthy in LA County, visit ChooseHealthLA.com/Eat-Healthy. http://www.choosehealthla.com/eat-hea...

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