According to the UK government “The Eatwell Guide is a policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet”.
What are the key nutritional messages of the Eatwell Guide?
- We should all be aiming to eat at least five (80g) portions of a variety fruit and vegetables every day. It may be easier than you think to achieve your 5-A-Day as almost all fruit and vegetables count towards it.
- The basis of our meals should be potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates. We should aim to choose wholegrain versions where possible.
- We also should try and include some dairy or dairy alternatives in our meal plans. Where possible, we should prefer the lower fat and lower sugar options.
- Forms of protein should always be included in our meals such as beans, pulses, fish, eggs and meat.
- Two portions of fish every week (one of which should be oily) should be included in our diet.
- Eat small amounts of unsaturated oils (e.g. olive oil) and spreads.
- Stay hydrated!!! At least 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day, should be included in our daily hydration plan.
- Foods high in salt, sugar and fat should be consumed in small amounts, if we choose to consume them.
The Eatwell Guide sets an excellent standard to the formation of a healthy balanced diet plan. However, it is important to remember that adopting a healthy balanced diet on a daily basis can be progressive with simple small changes! This will increase the chances of making changes, which will be maintained in the long term.
- British Nutrition Foundation, 2016
- Government UK, Public Health England, The Eatwell Guide, 2016