OUT AT THE SHOPS
Try to do as much shopping as you can on a single weekly expedition and make a comprehensive shopping list. Keep a basic list of items you need regularly every week and add to it as you notice stocks getting low. Also add any ingredients called for in your weekly meal
Don't shop when you're hungry
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A TOUCH OF SWEETNESS
When you need a lift
Try a piece of fruit next time you feel peckish. It'll satisfy a sweet tooth, make you feel fuller, and give you valuable vitamins, minerals and fibre instead of the nutritionally 'empty' calories of snacks such as sweets, chocolates or biscuits.
Brown is better .... or is it?
In fact white and brown sugar are Read more [...]
PASS THE SALT?
Think before you sprinkle' is the rule. An adult needs only 3g (1/8oz) of salt a day and we get easily that much from the natural salt in food. Adding extra can push the figure up to 20g (3/4oz) or more, straining the kidneys and contributing to high blood pressure.
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Know what you're getting
A normal glass of wine or sherry, a single measure of spirits and half a pint of beer each contain about one unit, or 8g (1/4oz) of alcohol.
A large glass of red or white wine or half a pint of cider contains about 12g (3/8oz), or one and a half units.
Strong lager may contain as much as two units per half pint.
What's Read more [...]
All vitamins are important for good health. They come from many many different sources, so as long as you eat a balanced diet of fresh, unrefined foods, you should be getting plenty. Vitamins A, D, E and K can be stored in the body, but B and C need to be eaten daily.
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Because they are growing fast and keeping active, children
need more nutrients in relation to body size than adults. Their diets should contain plenty of nourishing protein foods such as meat, fish and cheese, and fresh fruit and vegetables
for vitamins and minerals.
The value of milk Calcium and vitamin D are important for strong bones and Read more [...]
What is a balanced meal?
Any meal that gives you carbohydrate, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals in the right amounts without too much salt, fat
or sugar will be well-balanced. Here's how to plan such a meal quickly:
Choose a high-fibre carbohydrate food such as potatoes or bread.
Select a variety of vegetables
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WHEN YOU CAN'T DRINK MILK
If you're allergic to cow's milk or you find it hard to digest, try soya milk or goat's milk, which rarely cause problems. Most supermarkets and health food shops keep both, as well as products such as goat's-milk yoghurt and cheese. Buy the milks in liquid or powder form, and use them in exactly the same way as ordinary Read more [...]
Diabetics need to avoid sugar, both by itself and in sugary foods, although some diabetics can take very small amounts.
Fresh or dried fruit and fruit sugar (fructose) can be useful substitutes for sugar in cooking, but they are still high in calories, so it's best not to use them in very large quantities.
Sorbitol (a product Read more [...]
FOOD FOR THE ELDERLY
Eat less fat
Most people become less active as they grow older, and their energy requirements from food drop as a result. So cut down on fats if you're worried about putting on weight.
You don't have to cook every day
Stock up on some handy convenience meals for days when you don't feel like cooking. Long-life ones are particularly useful as Read more [...]
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