Help with healthy eating
What is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is made up from eating carbohydrates, proteins and fats as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals. This will help our body and mind to function effectively and provide us with energy.
The units used to measure energy are calories which we need in order to carry out everyday tasks. The recommended daily intake for women is approximately 2,000 calories and approximately 2,500 for men. This figure will be lower for less active individuals and more for those who are physically active or have physically demanding jobs. It is also advised that we consume no more than 70 grams of fat and six grams of salt in a day.
How to get your five a day
Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals which are essential to good health. It is recommended that we try to consume at lest five portions of fruit and vegetables in a day.
- Eat breakfast. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and boosts blood sugar, resulting in higher energy levels and better concentration. It also makes you less likely to snack throughout the day. Cereals, porridge, wholegrain toast, yoghurt, fruit and eggs are all quick and easy ways to start your day
- Grill rather than fry as this reduces the fat content of the food product
- Steam rather than boil as this retains more nutrients
- Make a large batch of healthy recipes such as a soup, casseroles or bolognaise and freeze portions. When you are too busy or tired to cook you can defrost it and still have a home cooked meal
- Check food labels for hidden salt, sugar and fat
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Last updated: 02/06/2017 11:33