For our bodies to function properly, we need food, with the right amounts and combination of nutrients. Good nutrition is also vital for the growth and development of children, both physically and mentally.
The Eatwell Guide developed by Public Health England shows the proportions in which different types of foods are needed to have a well-balanced and healthy diet.
There is no right or wrong number of meals someone can have a day. Smaller meals, more snacking, meals over a longer time; these can all work as long as you get a variety of nutrients and approach everything in moderation.
The key thing to remember is to choose appropriate amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs, and be physically active to enjoy a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
When can I have a treat?
Discretionary foods (treats) such as chocolate, sweets and biscuits, sit outside the Eatwell Guide. Therefore Public Health England recommends that they are eaten less often and in small amounts.
Adults and children can still enjoy the occasional treat as these foods can add variety, enjoyment, and fun to eating within the context of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Lifelong healthy eating and living is about making little decisions throughout the day that balance pleasure, nutrition and moderation.