A healthier balance

Achieving a healthier diet is about balance and variety. You can learn about the food groups below and use the Eatwell plate as a guide to designing healthier meals.

The Eatwell plate: enjoy a varied diet with plenty of fruit, veg & wholegrains

1. Fruit and veg


Eating a colourful variety of fruit and vegetables each day is a good way to stay healthier. With our fun and tasty tips, 5-a-day is easier and cheaper to achieve than you might think.

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2. Meat, fish, eggs & beans


These protein-rich foods may also contain nutrients such as zinc and iron, and only fish provides Omega-3 fats. Find out about the health benefits of eating oily fish lean red meat and beans – and get inspiration for cooking them.

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3. Milk & dairy foods


Milk, yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium, which helps maintain normal bones and teeth. But how much dairy should you eat a day? And what should you do if you don’t eat dairy products?

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4. Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta & other starchy foods


The starchy foods in this group should make up about a third of the food you eat. Discover why wholegrains or wholemeal bread can be better for you, and get tips on adding wholegrains to your diet.

More about sources of starchy foods

5. Food & drink high in fat and-or sugar

Sugar, cakes,biscuits and chocolate

Find out about swapping saturated fats for unsaturated fats, pick up tips on cooking with less fat and get advice on how to cut down on sugar while still satisfying a sweet tooth.

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