Our expert says:
It's good to hear that you are going to change your family's eating habits. In general, you should be able to improve their food intake if you buy foods that have a low fat content (less than 5g per serving- check on the label, e.g. low- or fat-free milk, yoghurt or cottage cheese, lean meat, fish), a high dietary fibre content (fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and wholegrains) and a reduced salt (sodium) content. You can try all the different low-GI (glycaemic index) breads that are available (check the labels for low-GI) and see which ones the family enjoy. Low-GI breads usually have a high fibre content and because of their low-GI tend to keep blood sugar levels steady for longer, thus preventing hunger pangs and subsequent overeating.
Healthy snacks include: fresh and dried fruit, nuts, ProVita or RyeVita with marmite or fat-free cottage cheese, fresh raw vegetables (baby tomatoes, carrot or celery sticks, etc), home baked high-fibre muffins, etc. If you click on ‘Diet & Nutrition’ at the top of this page and then do Searches with terms such as “Healthy snacks” or “Healthy lunchbox” , you should find some of the articles I have written on this subject.
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