The energy found in food and drink is measured as calories. If we consume more calories than we burn off, our bodies store any extra as fat. Over time this could mean we put on weight.
Following a healthy diet keeps a balance between the energy you put in and the energy you use.
Most shop-bought foods will display calorie (kcal) content on the nutrition label, under the ‘Energy’ heading. This is normally per 100 grams of the product, but often it also tells you how many calories are in the whole pack or product. But be aware that the manufacturer’s idea of a portion may be slightly different from your own.
If you’re buying packaged snacks, choose those products with more greens and ambers on the traffic light label and keep an eye on the calories.
Healthier snacks include:
- fresh fruit
- low-fat, lower-sugar yoghurt with fruit
- plain rice cakes or crackers with lower fat cheese.
- unsalted nuts and seeds
- veggie sticks with lower fat dips, such as lower fat hummus and salsa
- malt loaf, fruit loaf or a currant bun
- scotch pancakes