Eating a healthy, balanced diet involves eating the right sort of foods, in the right amounts to provide energy and nutrients for our bodies to function. But with so much conflicting information out there, it is easy to become confused about making healthier food choices for you and the family.
The Eatwell Guide turns government recommendations on foods, nutrients and health into simple messages to help us make choices about the foods and drinks to promote good health and well-being. The Guide shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume – and in what proportions – to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Want to learn more about the Eatwell Guide, NHS Choices offers an interactive guide to explore the key messages: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
Choosing healthier foods is easier than you may think. By changing just a few eating habits you can make a big difference to your diet. There are lots of opportunities to consider small changes that can help you and the family to eat healthier, think about when you are shopping, cooking, snacking or eating out. Reviewing food labels can help you choose between products and keep a check on the amount of foods you’re eating that are high in fat, salt and added sugars. For more information on food labels please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-read-food-labels/
One really simple way of making healthier food and drink choices is to consider the simple ‘4S’s’ could you….
- Swap the food or drink for another healthier choice
- Shrink the amount of the food or drink you are having
- Sometimes have the food or drink less frequently
Here are some other helpful resources to support making healthier food choices: