Take note that while potatoes are technically vegetables, they do not count as part of your balanced meal plate. So do not fill up your plate with french fries or mashed potatoes!
Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient that your body needs. Macronutrients are nutrients that your body needs to have in large amounts. Carbohydrates are important since they are another source of energy that helps fuel your body throughout the day. Not having enough carbohydrates can leave you feeling weak and low in energy.
However, too many carbohydrates can cause you to gain weight, and can make you feel bloated and can even lead to diabetes and cardiovascular problems. So be sure to eat carbohydrates in the right amounts.
Carbohydrates include foods such as pasta, potatoes, bread, and other cereals and whole grains. Ideally, you should prioritize eating whole grains over other types of grains. But if whole grains are very expensive, or hard to find, regular carbohydrates are just as fine.
Proteins are another type of macronutrients that your body needs. Proteins help repair the tissues in your body, and are needed for the production of enzymes and hormones. Your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood also need protein.
Ideally, your protein sources can come from vegetables, and lean meat from chicken, fish, pork, or beef.