Eating a wide variety of nourishing foods provides the energy and nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Plan and prepare
Use these tips to introduce healthy eating habits:
- Plan your meals in advance - this will help you to introduce variety and eat more nutritious foods. You'll also save money and rely less on convenience and processed foods.
- Prepare your meals using mostly fresh ingredients and choose foods like fruits, salads and vegetables for snacks.
- Use healthier cooking methods like grilling and steaming instead of frying or roasting with oil or fat.
- Use the Food Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes.
- Enjoy your meals sitting at a table.
- Try to avoid eating in front of TV or computer screens.
Make Healthy Choices
Use the Food Pyramid as a guide for the types and amounts of food you need each day.
Base your meals on plenty of vegetables, salads and fruits – up to half your plate or bowl at every meal. Choose a variety of colours.
Read a guide with recommendations on eating vegetables, salad and fruit (PDF, 2.29 MB, 1 page).
Choose wholemeal and wholegrain breads, cereals, pasta and brown rice. Be aware of the calorie difference – some types contain more calories than others.
Choose low-fat milk, yoghurt or cheese. Choose milk and yoghurt more often than cheese. Read more about that here:
Read a guide with recommendations on eating milk, yoghurt and cheese (PDF, 1.88 MB, 1 page).
Include a small amount of poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans or meat at 2 meals. Choose fish up to twice a week – oily fish is best.
Limit chips and takeaway food as much as possible. Most are very high in fat, salt and calories.
Don’t eat the following foods and drinks every day:
- Sugary drinks.
- Biscuits, cakes, desserts, chocolate, sweets.
- Processed salty meats like sausages, bacon and ham.
- Salty snacks like crisps.
How much food you need
Use the Food Pyramid as a guide for the types and amounts of food you need each day. The amount of food you need depends on your age and activity levels.
What a healthy day looks like
To get an idea of what eating well looks like when you use the food pyramid as a guide, see how these people have used it.
Healthy food for life
6-week nutrition and basic cooking courses are run in lots of areas around the country. Find out about nutrition and cookery classes in your community.