A healthy diet involves balance, moderation and variety. The Eatwell Guide is a visual representation of how different foods contribute towards a healthy balanced diet. The size of the segments for each of the food groups is consistent with Government recommendations for a diet that would provide all the nutrients required for a healthy adult.The Eatwell Guide is not meant to represent the balance required in any one specific meal– rather it represents the overall balance of a healthy diet over the day, or week.
We know how difficult it can be to be on a tight budget, but eating nutritious healthy meals doesn’t have to break the bank. We have put together some top tips to help you eat well:
Vegetables – Buy Frozen!
We have all opened the fridge only to find a sad looking broccoli or pepper that we just throw away. Apart from being a waste of precious cash, it can also put us off buying fresh vegetables in the first place. Most vegetables these days can be bought frozen for a reasonable price (a bag of frozen sliced peppers is just £1), or can be bought fresh and put in the freezer. Vegetables that are frozen are done so quickly after being harvested, which locks in their nutritional value!
Planning your meals is a great way not to overspend in the supermarket and helps you use your leftovers. Writing a shopping list and sticking to it is also a great way to stay in budget. Oh and don’t go to the supermarket while hungry! You are more likely to make unnecessary purchases and these tend to be high in fat or sugar.
Power of Veg!
Why not try and have one day a weekwhich is meat free? Meat and fish will be one of the most expensive items in your shopping trolley so reducing the amount you eat will help save those precious pennies!
We have also put a quick guide together to help you understand nutrition labels on food and drink packets.
We asked some of the team to share their favourite healthy recipies that they cook for their friends and gave them a £5 budget, why not see what delicious ideas they came up with.