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 miami!

Superhero & Princess Party

What: Go in costume for games and a visit from Spiderman.
Why: A chance to show off her favorite tiara and tutu combo.
When: Tues., 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Playtown Cafe, The Shoppes at Boca Greens, 19575 S. State Rd. 7 (561-852-2150). Adults, free; first child, $12; additional children, $8.

Family Fun Friday

What: A changing lineup of crafts and a related story (ages 2 and up).
Why: This week’s nature-themed project jibes well with all the Earth Day action.
When: Ongoing. Fri., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach (561-742-6780). Adults, $5; children, $5.50; under 2, free.

Winnie the Pooh

What: Follow the capers of Christopher Robin and his friends in Sign Stage on Tour’s production.
Why: Deaf and hearing actors bring to life the story of the mischievous cub.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Also May 4.)
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets at 954-462-0222 or online at boxoffice.browardcenter.org. Adults and children, $14; lap seats for babies, $3.

Photo: Courtesy of Nutri-plate

Playtown Cafe
19575 S State Rd 7
The Shoppes at Boca Greens
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center
129 E Ocean Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
201 SW 5th Ave
@ Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312