Give yourself a healthy boost – top tips
It’s important to look after your health – and a healthy diet can help you do this by preventing conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Eating healthily doesn’t always have to mean taking things out of your diet, sometimes it’s about adding something, like extra fruit and veg. By making some small changes to your meals you could make a big difference to your health. Here are some ideas to give your day-to-day diet a healthy boost:
Cook from scratch
When you cook your own meals using fresh ingredients you know exactly what goes in and you can adapt them to make them healthier. For example, you can add extra vegetables to a dish to hit your five-a-day and control how much salt is added.
Beans and pulses added to simple stews can make them more satisfying. Find out about getting a healthy boost from beans and pulses.
Eat the rainbow
We were all told as children to ‘eat our greens’, but eating our reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples of fruit and veg is just as important for our health. As you aim for your five-a-day, challenge yourself to make them a variety of colours too so that you get a variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, you could try to include an orange, green beans, red pepper, brown mushrooms and yellow sweetcorn as part of your meals throughout the day.
You can drink the rainbow too, by swapping fizzy drinks for a fresh fruit & veg smoothie – throw your favourites into a blender and enjoy (but stick to the maximum of 1x150ml glass a day). Read more about boosting your meals with fruit and vegetables.
Give your snack habits a healthy boost by swapping high-fat, high-salt or high-sugar treats for smarter options. Choose fresh or dried fruit to satisfy a sweet craving, and a handful of unsalted nuts or veg sticks for a savoury snack. Fresh fruit and vegetables often contain lots of water and fibre – so they’re a low-calorie way to increase variety into your diet.
Healthy snacks don’t have to be boring snacks. Check out our Top tips to help you snack right article and get inspired.
Portion sizes can be tricky to understand and keep track of, especially when you’re serving up for the family. Swapping your dinner plate for a smaller plate is a great trick to control your portion sizes.
Understand portion sizes and help yourself get portion sizes right with our facts and top tips.
A healthy breakfast is an important part of a healthier life and helps you get the day off to a great start. You’re less likely to snack through the morning or overeat at lunchtime if you have a satisfying morning meal.
Add fruit to porridge or low fat yoghurt for a healthy boost. And for a healthy weekend breakfast boost, try our homemade baked beans with a poached egg.
If you want more help making changes to your diet, try the Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge.