For most people, eating healthily means:
Eating roughly one third of our food in the form of starchy foods such as bread, cereals, potatoes and yams.
Bread and cereals should preferably be wholemeal, wholegrain or high fibre versions
Eating 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
A portion is roughly a handful
Eating milk and dairy products in moderate amounts and preferably lower fat versions
Eating moderate amounts of protein foods (meat, fish and alternatives such as eggs, nuts, beans and pulses)
Eating/drinking fat and sugar containing foods and drinks sparingly.
Buy healthier cooking oils
Changing the type of fat you cook with is a way of making your diet healthier.
Switching to oils will benefit your health. Some are healthier than others.
Olive oil is rich in ‘good’ oils but is expensive so a very good but cheap alternative is rapeseed oil.
You can now buy rapeseed oil in most supermarkets.
Vegetable oils are also healthier than saturated fats.
Remember though that you need to keep the fat down generally in your diet if you are trying to lose weight as it is high in calories.
Avoid expensive take-aways and ready-meals
Convenience meals can be expensive and have high amounts of fat, sugar or salt.
This is usually to compensate for ingredients which are not so fresh.
These meals can eat into your budget and are not as nutritious as foods which have been freshly canned or frozen or are fresh.