Healthy eating: what you need to know

Healthy eating

by Great British Chefs 10 January 2017

Looking to change things up and eat healthier meals without sacrificing flavour? We’ve collected all the recipes, tips, guides and features you could ever need on one handy page.

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The phrase ‘healthy eating’ is bound to elicit a few groans from those who instantly think of extreme diets, telling people to eat half a grapefruit for dinner or cut out so many of their favourite foods that it’s just not worth it. But there’s no reason to go to these extremes – a healthier lifestyle often takes just a few tweaks, additions or subtle changes to your weekly routine.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, feel better or simply get more greens into your midweek meals, don’t start emptying your cupboards and stocking up on health foods you’ll never enjoy eating. Instead, implement little changes – steam fish instead of frying it, replace bread or potatoes with grains and pulses or limit the amount of meat you consume per week. This means you’ll be eating healthier meals without giving up the foods you love and are much more likely to turn your healthy eating goals into long-term results.

Use the following articles, guides and recipes as a base for your new approach to food. Cooking from scratch is always going to result in healthier dishes, so honing your skills in the kitchen or learning something new is the perfect place to start. And if you’re lacking inspiration for meals that follow specific diets such as vegan or low carb, we’ve curated the very best recipes from top chefs and bloggers. Whether you want to completely change the way you eat or just feel like a few little alterations would do your body good, take a look at what we’ve collected together below and take the first step towards a healthier you.


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