MyPlate Dinner Makeover Meals

Dinner at Home

The average American household spends less than 30 minutes preparing the evening meal, and more and more families are relying on convenience foods to make meal prep quick and easy. The downside of this trend is the impact on calories and sodium. Many convenience foods are much higher in calories and sodium compared to versions prepared at home. If you want a dinner lower in calories and much lower in sodium, Sunkist recommends using lemons as an alternative to salt. Try the Sunkist S'alternative® recipes featured in this Sunkist MyPlate Meal Makeover for a healthy, flavorful dinner that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Typical Dinner at Home
1080 Calories
  • Fish Fillets with Tartar Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes with Butter
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Dinner Roll with Butter
  • Water
Calories = 1080
Saturated Fat = 26 grams
Sodium = 2010 milligrams
Dietary Fiber = 6 grams
Potassium = 980 milligrams
Sunkist MyPlate Makeover Dinner
690 Calories
Sunkist Broiled Lemon Halibut
  • Steamed Baby Red Skin Potatoes with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sunkist Orange Broccoli Salad
  • Whole Wheat Dinner Roll with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Water with Sunkist Lemon
Calories = 690
Saturated Fat = 4 grams
Sodium = 315 milligrams
Dietary Fiber = 8 grams
Potassium = 1930 milligrams

Dinner from a Restaurant

If you rely on take-out foods for dinner once in a while, keep the MyPlate recommendation to make half your plate fruits and vegetables in mind when making your menu choices. At a Chinese restaurant, if you choose steamed vegetables and rice (opt for brown rice if it's available) in place of the chow mein and fried rice and non-breaded meats and seafood, you'll save a lot of calories and sodium. Adding a Sunkist Navel Orange for dessert adds essential nutrients and vibrant color to your meal.

Typical Dinner from a Restaurant
1570 Calories
  • Chow Mein
  • Fried Rice
  • Beijing Beef
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Water
  • Fortune Cookie
Calories = 1570
Saturated Fat = 13 grams
Sodium = 2200 milligrams
Dietary Fiber = 13 grams
Potassium = 550 milligrams
Sunkist MyPlate Makeover Dinner
710 Calories
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Steamed Rice
  • Shrimp and Vegetables
  • Mushroom Chicken
  • Water with Sunkist Lemon
  • Sunkist Navel Orange
  • Fortune Cookie
Calories = 710
Saturated Fat = 4 grams
Sodium = 1620 milligrams
Dietary Fiber = 9 grams
Potassium = 925 milligrams