A well balanced diet is one that focuses on variety. As a Certified Nutritionist, my favorite well balanced diet is the Mediterranean diet. It is backed up as one of the healthiest diets by decades of research.

What is a Well Balanced Diet

Given all the popular fad diets, Keto, intermittent fasting, Dukan, etc., sometimes we lose sight of the ease of adopting a well balanced diet. You will find that when you do so, it is an eating regimen that you can stick to and lead a normal life.

balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in:

This recipe is an excellent addition to a well balanced diet. It’s also a good way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 1 8-inch whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons cranberry sauce or dried cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons cooked turkey, chopped or shredded
  • 1/3 cup spinach


  1. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over one half of the tortilla. Add cranberry sauce or dried cranberries, turkey and spinach, then fold the tortilla in half over the filling.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat (300 degrees in an electric skillet). Lightly spray with cooking spray, then place tortilla in the skillet. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until the outside is golden brown and contents are heated through.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


Substitute beans, tofu, or other cooked meat for the turkey. For extra flavor, add a dash of cayenne pepper or chili powder before folding the quesadilla in half.


Calories 250

Fat 7g

Carbs  36g

Dietary Fiber 4g

Protein 13g

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