How to eat healthy
As they say: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but it’s not always easy to tick both the healthy and tasty boxes first thing in the morning...Well, Jordans can sort out this conundrum. We use deliciously, simple ingredients so you can enjoy our cereal as part of your healthy lifestyle.
Based on the NHS 8 tips for healthy eating, we’ve put together some info to help you learn more about eating well.
1. Start the Day Right: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast literally means breaking the fasting period of the prior night, and provides essential vitamins and minerals we would otherwise miss if we skip breakfast, so it’s essential for a balanced diet.
2. Build meals around starchy foods
Bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and noodles are your starchy friends, providing you with an important source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Try to choose whole grains and potatoes with skin - many of the nutrients are stored here and leaving the skin on saves you all that peeling!
3. Limit Your Saturated Fat and Sugar Intake
We all need a little fat in our diet and the secret is in choosing the right ones. Including fat in our diet provides us with essential fatty acids and aids the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Pies, pastries and butter might taste great sometimes, but they’re also high in saturated fat. So, if you want to reduce your blood cholesterol levels, put down the sausage rolls and get yourself some unsaturated fat - vegetable oils, oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds are packed with the stuff, but remember enjoy everything in moderation.
4. Drink Up!
You’ve probably heard this before, but staying hydrated is very important to a healthy lifestyle. Aim to drink around 8 to 10 glasses of fluid per day (and no, wine doesn’t count!). Water is the best option, but tea, coffee, soft drinks, milk, fruit juice and smoothies count too.
5. High five!
Now there’s so many ways to get your five a day (fresh, frozen, tinned or juiced) there’s really no excuse not to! Here’s a couple of different ideas: why not try grating carrots or courgettes into a Bolognese, or add vegetables to a tomato sauce?
6. More fishy on your dishy
Try and eat at least two portions of fish per week and make sure one of these is an oily fish. Oily fish are the only natural food sources of vitamin D, which is important for bone health. These include salmon, fresh tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout. If you’re not the fishy type, you’ll be pleased to know that vitamin D is also found in eggs and some meats.
7. Eat Less Salt
Yes, salt does make things tastier but a high salt intake can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure which can contribute to stroke or heart disease. Adults shouldn’t be eating more than 6g of salt a day and children should have even less. Most of our salt intake comes from processed foods, rather than a salt shaker, so check labels for salt content. Luckily for you, Jordans cereals don’t contain any added salt!
If your food is tasting a bit bland and you’re craving a hit of extra flavour, try using herbs and spices or add extra zing through mustard, vinegar, lemon or lime instead.
8. Get Active
It’s sometimes hard to find the time to get down the gym, but even moderate activity like cycling or walking briskly is good for you – even some gardening or cleaning, so there’s no excuse not to give those windows a clean! The government recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, combined with muscle strength training at least two days a week - lifting a big bag of shopping a couple of times can even count.
For more healthy eating information, check out the British Nutrition Foundation.