Monday, 14 January 2013

Change4Life: Be Food Smart

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It's a while since I've written a post about Change4Life so I pleased to be asked to promote their Be Food Smart campaign. Apparently too many of us still don't know about the hidden sugar, salt and fat in our foods. The majority of respondents (including me!) scored 50% or less in the quiz... The Be Food Smart campaign wants to show parents where the hidden ingredients are so that we can make better choices when feeding the family.

Everyone signing up to Change4Life will get a free meal mixer:


This has ideas and recipes for healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners! You just flip over the cards to get a combination of meals for the day.

In order to promote the campaign I've been asked to run a competition to give one lucky reader a £50 voucher for the Co-Operative plus their very own Meal Mixer. What you need to do is pop over to the Be Food Smart IQ Quiz take the test then post your scores in the Rafflecopter widget. I also want you to give me your top healthy eating tip for families - be it a recipe or any other way you keep your family healthy. There are additional entries possible once you have left the comments.



Good luck and stay healthy!


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68 comments:

  1. drink plenty of water it help to keep you full

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  2. always fill up on fruit and veg instead of fatty snacks

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  3. Helen Dickinson15 January 2013 00:27

    42% - Im good about salts but not so good about sugar

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  4. Helen Dickinson15 January 2013 00:28

    Make fresh meals instead of getting takeaways or ready made meals!

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  5. slow cook food instead of ready meals on busy, work days!

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  6. Make your own bread using a bread mixer. It pays for itself very quickly. Your own bread has less salt and does not contain any preservatives and you can add wholemeal flour.

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  7. Jumbo rolled oats for breakfast every day.

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  8. my score was 42% so could do much better i think! my top tip would be writing down what you eat as then i tend to do much better and think about what i have. also planning meals in advance to reduce snacking

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  9. Eat breakfast and snack on fruit


    @littleboo_21

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  10. Oh dear! Only 50%!

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  11. Top tip to to avoid the takeaways. Make healthy stir fries at home instead of Chinese takeaway

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  12. Oooh! Not too bad ... 75% but disappointingly poor on Salt content. Better make sure I put that right.

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  13. Plan your meals and cook as many as you can from scratch. Don't short-cut with ready-made sauces etc. They can contain stacks of hidden salt and sugar!! Homemade sauces are quick to make and you could even make bigger batches and freeze some. It's really not too hard to find simple, inexpensive meals that the whole family will enjoy and you know exactly what's gone into them :)

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  14. 58% - must do better on salt apparently!

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  15. Plan meals and snacks ahead of time so you always have healthy choices available.

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  16. if you think you are hungry have a drink of water first you may be thirsty

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  17. double check salt & sugar content of so called healthy breakfast cereals

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  18. I scored 58% - it was trickier than I thought

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  19. 50% - Was a lot harder than I thought. Would have known the adult salt one if it had been in grammes lol!

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  20. Healthy Eating Tip - Little and Often combined with lots of exercise

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  21. Healthy Eating Tip - try to eat lots of fruit and veg

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  22. Get the kids involved in peeling and chopping vegetables and fruit, they'll be more likely to want to taste food they've helped prepare

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  23. my tip is try to make fruit more appealing by decorate it.

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  24. My tip for getting kids to eat their 5-a-day is to give fruit and veg as in between meal snacks!

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  25. My score was 50% - it was more difficult than I thought especially judging how much salt etc. would be in restaurant food.

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  26. My healthy eating tip is cook as much as you can from scratch and then you know exactly what is in it.

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  27. 58% - at least it's more than half!

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  28. Top tip: Don't skip breakfast - you'll end up snacking sooner and on less healthy foods.

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  29. only eat when you are hungry, and leave the last few mouthfuls if you are full.

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  30. Snack on a bag of carrot batons or fruit instead of crips or chocolate bars.

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  31. 75%

    Top tip: Cook your own meals from scratch as often as possible

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  32. Cook from scratch but I could do with taking my own advice!

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  33. I got 58% :-( Wasn't too hot on the salt questions x

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  34. Cook from fresh - ready meals contain way too much salt x

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  35. Plan your meals in advance, saves grabbing junk when you're rushed. Extra servings of tea are put in the fridge for lunch the next day. Brilliant for me when I'm absolutely starving.

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  36. I scored 50 - swap potatoes for sweet potatoes - far healthier and yummy too!

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  37. lindy hamilton19 January 2013 23:22

    Never go shopping when you are hungry! You will buy with your stomach.

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  38. Plan plan plan including snacks and munchies (fruit). Eat everything in moderation. Make sure there's a vegetable included in your tea.

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  39. 42% An eye opener

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  40. Never go shopping when you are hungry.

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  41. Surprised I got 42% felt clueless

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  42. put your meal onto a slightly smaller plate... it tricks you into thinking you have more to eat!

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  43. I scored 67% it said I could improve on salt!

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  44. I always offer my kids fruit as treats instead of sweets

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  45. Cook from scratch instead of buying processed food and take aways

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  46. Try not to miss brekkie

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