Growing up, I recall a balanced meal being a protein, a vegetable, and a starch. Since the paleo diet, now I know that a balanced meal means balanced in nutrients, all the way down to omega 6 and omega 3 fats. How does one do this? It’s best to start with vegetables and selecting several that cover the spectrum of vitamins and minerals. That usually means eating a lot of different kinds of vegetables throughout the week. Today I had parsnips, yams, Brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe, and mushrooms (although technically not a vegetable). I steamed a few and sautéed a few with some chicken. A few years ago, I never would have thought of having more than one vegetable during a meal. Now, I have at least three several times a day. There’s no limit. You don’t have to break the bank either. Do your research and choose them based on season since fruits and vegetables in season will be the cheapest. As we head into spring and summer, look for new fruits, too. Berries tend to be plentiful now and that will drive prices down, and that means tasty treats for less. Today’s meal contains significant amounts of vitamins A, B6, C, K, Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Potassium, Manganese, Iron, and Calcium among others. Eat at least three different vegetables a day for a well balanced diet.