Are you eating a variety of foods?
It is important to eat a variety of foods as no one food will provide all the vitamins and
minerals your body needs. Different foods contain different nutrients. For example,
spinach and other green leafy vegetables contain folate; oranges contain vitamin C;
bananas provide potassium and wholegrain bread contains thiamine. Red meat is good
for protein, iron and zinc. Dairy foods are excellent for calcium, zinc and protein.
Don’t forget to have plenty of fluids over the hot summer months. You may not always
feel thirsty so it is a good idea to get into the habit of having something to drink when
you get up in the morning as well as at every meal and snack time. Try to have about
6-8 cups (1 cup = 250ml) of fluid a day and remember, fluid is more than just water. You
can count milk, juice, soup, custard, jelly, tea, coffee etc. Note: Alcohol is not counted. It
does not help to hydrate the body.