Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides nutrients to your body. These nutrients give you energy and keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working.

What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating is about eating a balanced diet which contains a variety of foods. This includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils and some dairy foods.

Take a look at the Eatwell Guide below to see how your diet measures up!

Why should I eat healthily?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides nutrients to your body. These nutrients give you energy and keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working.

Eating well is essential for good health and wellbeing, and contributes to reducing the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Eat well by ...

  • Eating lots of fruit and vegetables. Remember to try and have at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Whether it is dried, tinned, frozen or a fruit juice, they all count! A portion is roughly a handful, for more exact measurements check out our ‘5 A Day leaflet’ for the correct portion size!
  • Have plenty of starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta, rice. A good tip is to plan your meals around starchy foods. Aim to include 1 food from this group in each meal.
  • Eat some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and beans. Go lean - remove the skin from chicken and the excess fat from meat. Remember to try to include two portions of fish a week one of which should be oily.
  • Have some dairy foods. Try to choose lower fat versions where possible for example, semi skimmed milk, low fat yoghurts, lower fat cheeses such as Edam or cottage cheese.
  • Go easy on your intake of foods containing fat and sugar. Our resource ‘Saturated fat made simple’ explains how to reduce your fat intake with simple tips for cutting down.

For more in-depth guides to healthy eating check out our downloadable resources (on the right-hand-side of this page) which include:

  1. Eatwell: 8 tips for making healthier choices
    which gives you some practical tips on eating well to make you feel your best.
  2. Your guide to the eat well plate
    which helps you eat an all-round healthier diet.
  3. A guide to food labelling
    which explains just what food labels mean.
  4. A Day Recipe Books 1 and 2
    which contain lots of quick and easy recipes for eating healthily throughout the day.
  5. Change 4 Life: ‘Swap It, Don’t Stop It’ and ‘Top Tips for Kids’
    These give great advice for both adults and children to help staying healthy without giving up the foods you love. More information on Change 4 Life
  6. Smart Recipes App: Try the Smart Recipes App.
    It’s filled with tons of ideas for swapping your favourite meal for healthier versions.

Download the app from iTunes

Download the app from Google Play