FOLLOW THESE TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING
- Eat more fibre-rich starchy foods, like wholemeal bread cereals beans, lentils, and potatoes. Other good sources of fibre are fruit and vegetables.
- If you normally eat meat products like sausages and burgers, try low fat alternatives.
- Try making the change to skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Semi-skimmed milk makes a good compromise. lt has less than half the fat of ordinary milk, but the same amount of protein and calcium.
- Choose cheeses which have less fat, like Edam and cottage cheese. You can also buy lower fat alternatives to many cheeses, such as Cheddar and Cheshire cheese.
- Try not to eat too many chocolates, cakes, biscuits and crisps.
- Choose fish and poultry more often, and when you buy meat, choose as lean a cut as possible.
- Watch how much salt you are eating. Tinned and packet soups, tinned vegetables and fish and salted meats such as bacon may contain large amounts. Limit salty snacks and use less salt in cooking and at the table.
- Cut down on sugar by choosing low calorie sweet drinks or unsweetened fruit juices diluted with water. Replace sweet snacks with fresh fruit. Leave sugar out of tea and coffee.
COOK WITH CARE
- Skim off the fat from stews and casseroles. Drain away fat after cooking mince. Remove the skin from poultry - this removes most of the fat as well.
- Grill, steam, bake or microwave food, rather than frying it. It tastes just as good and you'll be cutting down on fat.
- Use as little oil or fat for cooking as possible, and choose a variety that is low in saturated fat. Sunflower, soya, corn, rapeseed or olive oil are best. Whenever you can, avoid frying with butter, lard, coconut oil or ghee.
- If you do have chips, cut them thick and straight, fry in a very hot oil that is low in saturated fat (such as those listed above), and drain them well. Oven chips are a healthier alternative, containing less than half the fat of deep-fried chips.