What is Healthy Eating?
Healthy eating is a way of eating that helps you feel your best. It's about getting the right amount of nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, protein and vitamins from food. Healthy eating also means choosing foods that are low in fat and salt.
Healthy diet foods include:
fruit and vegetables (fresh or frozen)
wholegrain breads, cereals and pasta
lean meat (such as chicken or fish), eggs or beans/lentils
Healthy diet drinks include:
water - it's free! Drink at least six glasses every day to stay hydrated
Creating a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is a must for a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet provides the right amount of nutrients, calories and fluids to keep your body working properly. It also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce your risk for developing chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
A balanced diet includes:
- Macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) - Each day you need to eat foods that provide all three macronutrients in moderation so you get the right amount of energy from each one. Carbohydrates should make up 45%-65% of your total calories; proteins should be 10%-35%; fats should be 20%-35%.
- Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) - These are found in fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products; they're important because they help your body function properly by aiding digestion or boosting immunity against illness-causing germs such as bacteria or viruses
Healthy Eating Habits
- Plan meals and snacks. If you have a plan for your meals and snacks, it is easier to get the right amount of nutrients.
- Eat regularly throughout the day. This can help keep your blood sugar levels stable, which helps with hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods.
- Avoid unhealthy foods such as sweets, fast food and soft drinks as much as possible (or at least reduce how often you eat them).
- Understand portion sizes.
- Control your portion sizes.
- Know the calories in your food.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
- Plan meals.
- Shop for healthy foods.
- Take advantage of sales.
Cooking Healthy Meals
- Cooking methods: When you're cooking, choose methods that don't add extra fat or calories. For example, steaming vegetables is healthier than frying them in oil.
- Ingredients: Look for foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat; these will help fill you up and keep blood sugar levels steady. If a food has more than one serving of protein per serving (for example, two eggs), it's considered a good source of protein--but look for leaner cuts of meat if possible!
- Recipes: Try using our recipe finder tool to find healthy recipes that fit into your diet plan!
Healthy Eating for Special Diets
- Vegan and vegetarian diets
- Gluten-free diets
- Low-carb diets
Healthy Eating for Kids
As a parent, you want to make sure your child eats a healthy diet. A balanced diet is important for kids of all ages, but it's especially important for children who are still growing and developing. Eating too much or too little can lead to health problems later in life if not corrected now.
Here are some tips for getting your kids excited about eating healthy:
- Include them in the process of planning meals and snacks with you! Let them help pick out what they want to eat by making lists together (or even drawing pictures). You might even be able to find some fun recipes online that get kids involved with cooking their own food! This way they'll feel like part of the family instead of just being told what they have available at home.
- Make sure there are lots of fruits and vegetables available at all times--they're easy things for kids' appetites because they're colorful as well as tasty! You could also try adding some fresh herbs into salads; basil goes great with tomatoes while parsley goes well with carrots or broccoli florets.*
on the Go
- Pack healthy snacks.
- Find healthy options at restaurants.
- When you're traveling, pack healthy snacks and keep them on hand so that you can eat well even when you're away from home!
As you can see, a balanced diet is not as complicated as it sounds. By incorporating a variety of foods from each food group into your daily routine and making sure that you don't overeat, you'll be well on your way to eating healthier and feeling great!
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