Eating well is important for all of us.
To eat a balanced diet you need to combine several different types of foods. This means that everyday you should eat:
- Fruit and vegetables – base your meals on these, and enjoy a variety of colours.
- Wholegrain breads, cereals, potatoes, rice and pasta – enjoy at each meal.
- Milk, yogurt, cheese – reduced-fat or low-fat varieties are best
- Meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts – lean meat and using low-fat cooking methods (grilling, baking, steaming or boiling) are best. Limit processed salty meats like sausages, bacon and ham – not every day.
- Fats, spreads and oils – use as little as possible, choose reduced fat or light spreads.
Foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt – limit to sometimes, not every day. Some examples include chocolate, biscuits, cakes, crisps and other savoury snacks, ice cream, sugary drinks and foods like sausage rolls, chips, pizzas and most takeaways.
Tips on eating healthily and economically
Taking time to plan menus and your shopping list can help you and your family to eat healthy without it costing a fortune.
Click here to try our quiz to find out how good you are at getting the best value for your money from your food bill. And follow our tips to help make your weekly food budget go further.
Helping your child to eat well
We all want our children to grow up to be happy, healthy adults. But it can sometime be hard to know how. Encouraging your child to eat well and be active is a great way to start. Click here for some tips to help.