VCH Healthy Plate

The Healthy Plate and Healthy Bowl are meal planning tools to help you plan a healthy, balanced meal. Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy and can decrease your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Shift the food proportions on your nine inch (23 cm)  plate to ½ vegetables, ¼ whole grains, ¼ meat & alternatives. Add a piece of fruit and a serving of milk or milk alternatives, such as fortified soy beverage, to complete your meal!


Download healthy plate and healthy bowl resources on PHEM.

Watch healthy eating videos on YouTube.

Who should use the Healthy Plate?

Healthy Plate provides information on general healthy eating for adults and youth. Those with specific health concerns or medical conditions requiring individualized nutrition advice should contact a dietitian or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.

The Healthy Plate is not intended for:

Acutely ill adults who have different nutritional needs than healthy adults

Infants and toddlers who have different nutritional needs than youth and adults

What are the benefits of the Healthy Plate?

  • Vegetables reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease
  • Vegetables are very high in nutrients and low in calories
  • Clinical trials show that using the Healthy Plate is successful for menu planning and increasing vegetable intake
The VCH Healthy Plate

Do you have school-aged children?

The Healthy Plate is a great tool to help parents plan meals.

Reminder for parents

  • Parents and caregivers should decide what, when, and where food is offered
  • The child decides whether to eat and how much food to eat from what is offered
  • Set a routine for regular meals and snacks
The Healthy Plate & kids

Helpful tips

The Healthy Plate is a great guide to help you eat healthier, but there are other tips you can keep in mind. Watch the healthy eating tips video.

  • Add a piece of fruit and a serving of milk or milk alternatives
  • Eat when you are hungry
  • Eat slowly and enjoy your food
  • Have regular meals to avoid overeating later on
  • Satisfy your thirst with water
  • Choose healthy oils such as olive, canola and peanut oil
  • Include fish, lean meats, cheeses, eggs or vegetarian protein choices as part of your meal

Portion guide

To avoid over-filling your plate, here’s a handy portion guide. You can also watch the Healthy Plate portion guide video.

  • Whole grains: choose an amount the size of your fist
  • Vegetables: choose as much as you can hold in both hands
  • Meat & alternatives: choose an amount up to the size of the palm of your hand and the thickness of your little finger

Learn more

For more healthy eating tips, recipes and resources, visit Canada’s Food Guide.