A Healthy diet is all about getting the right balance of nutrients – not too much of some and not enough of others. Sometimes that can be difficult to work out when you are thinking about what to cook for dinner or put in a lunch box, and are more concerned about whether it will taste good!
On Real Food we give you the nutrition information for energy (Calories) and the main nutrients (sugar, fat, saturates and salt) – the ones you need to keep an eye on. We also provide the percentage of the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) for a typical adult.
We also highlight the recipe as being healthy where all the GDAs are less than 30% for a main meals and lunches (20% for breakfasts, desserts and snacks)– look out for them here.
If you have 20% of your GDA for breakfast, 30% for lunch and 30% for your evening meal (including desserts and drinks) then that leaves 20% for some healthier snacks.
For Calories that means 400kcal, 600kcal and 600kcal – with 400kcal for snacks.
We also let you know when the healthier recipes have fruit or vegetables in – enough to contribute to your 5 a Day.
Providing you choose a wide variety of foods, have at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and keep an eye on the GDAs then the balance should take care of itself and of course every recipe on Real Food tastes good!
More information on Guideline Daily Amounts
More information on 5 a Day
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