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Benefits Of Healthy Food

The British Nutrition Foundation states that the UK follows the Eatwell Guide when outlining what it means to have a healthy, balanced diet. The guide outlines the recommended intake and segmentation for each food group, so your body can get all the nutrition it needs. However, for some, incorporating healthy food, making the right choices or changing your eating habits can seem a daunting task. Find out the benefits of healthy food in our guide! 

What Does A Balanced Diet Mean?

A balanced diet means getting the right nutrition for your body that incorporates the different food groups. You should include the right amount of each group to ensure your body maintains a healthy state. The NHS states this includes: 

  • Eating 5 portions of fruit and veg per day 
  • Drink plenty of water (approx 6-8 cups per day) 
  • Base meals around higher fibre and starchy foods 
  • Have some dairy or dairy alternatives 
  • Incorporate protein 
  • Opt for unsaturated oils and fats/ eat these in moderation 

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Healthy? 

There are numerous benefits to eating healthy and a balanced diet. These include: 

  • Can improve skin, nail and hair health
  • Contribute to healthy bones and teeth
  • Help improve/ maintain healthy digestion 
  • Helps reduce stress 
  • Improve your sleep quality and energy levels 
  • Helps brain function, including memory
  • Includes nutritional value to help your body including vitamins, minerals 
  • Maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity
  • May increase your lifespan
  • Prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer & heart disease 
  • Reduce chances of infections and may increase immunity  

How To Start Eating Healthier 

Eating healthier or approaching a more balanced diet often includes a shift in habits and creating new ones. Research shows that changing to a healthier diet in middle age can increase life expectancy by 10 years, so it is important to begin the changes as soon as possible. 

Eat More Of The Right Things 

Focus on the foods that make up a part of the balanced diet and try to make swaps. Eating at regular intervals but opting for healthier snacks will increase the right nutrients 

Find Alternatives You Love 

Often, people will find eating healthier more difficult because they believe they don’t enjoy the foods. Looking up new recipe inspiration, ensuring there is a nice balance in the food groups and incorporating ingredients you enjoy will make eating healthier easier. 

Preparation Is Key 

Ensuring you have sufficient healthy food in the house or making the right decisions will make you less likely to be impulsive with your food options. Ordering takeaway or grabbing convenience food is more appealing when you don’t have options. 

Look At The Contents 

Supermarkets have generally made it easier to spot food contents on packaging. Red, Yellow & Green markers on food indicate the levels of the contents in the item.

Red=High 

Yellow= Moderate 

Green=Low 

Knowing the contents can make it easier to make healthier choices and work it into a balanced diet. 

Eat More Fruit & Veg 

Make your plate colourful and add more fruit and veg into your meals and snacks. Eating 5 fruit and veg per day is a great aim and recommendation for eating a well-balanced diet. 

Incorporating More Fruit & Veg

Learning tips on how to eat more fruit & veg will benefit your eating habits for increasing healthy foods. Some of our quick tips to do this include: 

  1. Always include in your food shop
  2. Ensure you have stocked levels in your fridge or pantry 
  3. Add fruit or veg to existing meals you like 
  4. Taste test and add new produce to your food shop you haven’t tried 
  5. Plan meals ahead 

Benefit Your Diet With A Fruit & Veg Box 

Here at Marvellous Greens & Beans, we offer fully customisable fruit & veg boxes with a range of sizes to suit any household. Choose a dual option or individual box with our fruit box and veg box ranges too and benefit from UK-wide flexible deliveries. We aim to be fully customisable to ensure that wastage is reduced and you only order what you want. This key part of our service can help our customers incorporate healthier options into their diet but also ones that they enjoy and look forward to. 

If you have any questions about our service, contact us online or call us on 0203 633 9822

 

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