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The Jar Essentials: Harvard Eating Plate

The variety of diets available for modern day health enthusiasts really proves that a perfect choice exists for everyone. You just need to discover the best option for you.

The Jar Healthy Vending is always on a hunt for universally good or exceptionally interesting diets for easy healthy living.

One of the most globally approved diets that we want to share with you is the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate - a guide for balanced meals. The Healthy Eating Plate was created by Harvard Health Publishing and nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. Healthy Eating Plate is based on the most up-to-date nutrition research, and it is not influenced by the food industry or agriculture policy.

Let's see how it looks like.

How to build a healthy and balanced diet?

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Vegetables and Fruits

When choosing veggies and fruits aim for color and variety. The more the merrier. However, according to Harvard specialists - potatoes don’t count as vegetables on the Healthy Eating Plate because of their negative impact on blood sugar. Keep in mind that not everyone shares the same opinion - potatoes have plenty of health benefits.

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Whole Grains

Whole and intact grains—whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice, and foods made with them, such as whole wheat pasta—have a milder effect on blood sugar and insulin than white bread, white rice, and other refined grains.

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Fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are all healthy, versatile protein sources—they can be mixed into salads, and pair well with vegetables on a plate. Limit red meat, and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.

Healthy Plant Oils

Choose healthy vegetable oils like olive, canola, soy, corn, sunflower, peanut, and others, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which contain unhealthy trans fats.


Skip sugary drinks, limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and limit juice to a small glass per day.

Among other recommendations, staying active is on top of the list too.

The main message of the Healthy Eating Plate is to focus on diet quality:

  • Focus on the type of carbs rather than the amount. Some carbs such as veggies and fruits are healthier than others.

  • The Healthy Eating Plate also advises to avoid sugary beverages, a major source of calories.

  • The Healthy Eating Plate does not set a maximum on the percentage of calories people should get each day from healthy sources of fat.

The Jar Healthy Vending tries to make healthy eating easy and delicious. Our healthy vending machines in London have a range of different meals, snacks and drinks for you to try, and all of them are nutritious! You will be able to find out handy nutritional information about the food you are purchasing by using the touchscreens - such as whether the product is gluten-free or suitable for vegans. Whatever you choose - you won't make a mistake with our vending. All the products are personally checked for top quality and health benefits.

Create your own perfect eating plate with The Jar Healthy Vending!

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