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Variety

One of the keys to maintaining a successful healthy diet is variety. If you are eating the same old foods over and over every day you will get bored and end up quitting your healthy eating plan. By ensuring you eat a variety of foods, you will  keep things interesting and you will obtain an array of nutrients from a number of different foods. Variety is the key to a healthy balanced diet.

There are 6 main categories  you can break foods down into

1) Vegetables

2) Breads, Cereals, Rice, Noodles and pasta

3) Dairy

4) Fruit

5) Meat, Fish, Poultry, eggs.

6)Sweets, fats and oils

Within these categories there is an amazing amount of different foods you can cook for each serving. Each category also has recommended daily servings which are discussed more in the food intake section of this website. Below is a brief overview of what some of your servings for each category could be. Be adventurous and try different foods and recipes. Hopefully this list will give you some new ideas.

1) Vegetables

Avocado

Artichoke

Asparagus

Bamboo Shoot

Beans

Bitter Melon

Broccoli

Carrots

Celery
Beetroot

Chick Peas

Corn

Cucumber

Eggplant

Fennel

Garlic

Ginger

Jalapenos

Leek

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Nuts

Onion

Parsley

Parsnips

Peanuts

Peas

Peppers

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Radish

Rhubarb

Shallot

Snow peas

Soybeans

Spinach

Sprouts

Squash

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet corn

Tomato

Turnip

Yam

Zucchini

2) Breads, Cereals, Rice, Noodles and pasta

Bread: pita, rolls, tortillas, muffins, buns, Italian etc

Breakfast Cereals

Couscous

Muesli

Noodles: Egg, Udon, Hokkien, Vercimilli

Oats

Pasta: spaghetti, macaroni, fettuccini,  penne etc

Pearl Barley

Rice

Wheat

 

3) Dairy

 

Cheese: Curds, Cottage, normal, feta

Cream

Milk: skim, buttermilk, goats, soy, coconut, rice

 

4) Fruit

Banana

Blueberries

Cantaloupe

Cherry

Cranberry

Grapefruit

Grapes

Honey Dew

Kiwi Fruit

Legume

Lemon

Lime

Mandarin

Mango

Nashi Pear

Olive

Orange

Papaya

Peach

Pear

Plum

Rock melon

Strawberries

Tomato

Watermelon

5) Meat, Fish, Poultry, eggs

Bacon

Beef

Buffalo

Chicken

Crab

Eggs

Halibut

Ham

Kangaroo

Lamb

Lobster

Pork

Salmon

Sardines

Shrimp

Squid

Swordfish

Tuna

Turkey

 

6)Sweets, fats and oils

 

Try to avoid these, we all know what they are!!!

 

Of course there are many more items of food under each category so go and visit your local supermarket and start to explore it and you will be amazed with the great healthy foods u find there.

 

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