The Ministry of Health have developed guidelines on healthy eating for adults. In this article, we give you examples of what you need to eat each day to meet your nutrient needs.
As adults, we are often so busy with so many things on the go that we forget about what we should be eating each day. The bounty of fast food and takeaways in our communities makes eating right even harder. But the great thing is that a healthy balanced diet will put the right fuel into your body for energy. And that means it will actually help you achieve all those things you need to do each day!
The Ministry of Health has developed a set of healthy eating guidelines for adults(1). Here are some practical tips to help you achieve their recommendations:
Choose at least 2 serves of fruit & 3 serves of vegetables each day 1 serve = 1 medium sized fruit or vegetable, ½ cup canned or cooked fruit or vegetables, ½ cup salad
Choose at least 6 serves each day 1 serve = 1 cup cereal, 1 slice bread, 1 cup cooked rice or pasta, 1 bread roll, ½ cup porridge
Choose at least 1 serve each day 1 serve = ¾ cup canned beans, mince or casserole, 2 slices meat, 1 egg, 100g steak, 1 fillet fish
Choose at least 2 servings each day 1 serve = 1 glass milk, 1 pottle yoghurt or 2 slices cheese
(1) Ministry of Health. Eating for Healthy Adults. 2003. Wellington, New Zealand