Nutri-plate Portions Out Well-Rounded Meals

A Dinner Plate That Balances Kids' Diets


Achieving balance before you had kids meant managing a glass of champagne, plate of hors d’oeuvres, and the phone at the same time.

How simple that seems compared to your current battle: getting your kids to eat healthy meals.

Find your way to a happier dinnertime with the help of Nutri-plate, which visually reinforces the components of a balanced diet. Developed by two professors/moms — one with a background in developmental psychology, the other in industrial product design — the plate features kid-appropriate portions (fruit/veggies, protein, whole grains, and fats) laid out in a fun, graphic manner.

Proof it works: When we skimped on the steamed broccoli, our little soldier was quick to point out we had underserved the green stuff.

Looks like the war has been won.

Available online at nutri-plate.com, $12.

this week in boston!

Cambridge Science Festival

What: A rocket launch and juggling show are just a few of the fun, educational activities.
Why: Peer at Saturn through a telescope (as if he needs an excuse to stay up past bedtime).
When: Sat.-May 8.
Where: Locations online at cambridgesciencefestival.org. Admission prices vary.

Small Worlds
What: Catch the exhibit of 30 itty-bitty abodes before it closes.
Why: The don’t touch rule is on hold in the interactive dollhouse.
When: Thru May 8. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham (978-468-2377). Adults, $7.50; children, $5.50; under 1, free.

Birds and Bards Festival

What: Go for a free guided stroll, hear stories, and keep an eye out for a great blue heron.
Why: Spend time with feathered friends.
When: Thurs.-Sun.
Where: Locations online at massaudubon.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Nutri-plate

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Wenham Museum
132 Main St
on Rte 1a
Wenham, MA 01984