A BALANCED DIET FEATURES FOODS FROM THE FOLLOWING CORE ELEMENTS:

PROTEINS, FRUITS, VEGETABLES, GRAINS, FATS/OILS

When you eat a balanced diet, you give your body the nutrients it needs for healthy functioning. A balanced diet is the same as a complete diet because it has the right proportion of minerals, vitamins, other essential nutrients, and optimal calories for your body’s makeup.

A balanced diet helps you maintain good health throughout your life and reduces the risks of developing chronic health conditions and diseases.

Proteins

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Here are 10 science-based reasons to eat more protein.

  • Reduces Appetite and Hunger Levels.

  • Increases Muscle Mass and Strength.

  • Good for Your Bones.

  • Reduces Cravings and Desire for Late-Night Snacking.

  • Boosts Metabolism and Increases Fat Burning.

  • Lowers Your Blood Pressure.

  • Helps Maintain Weight Loss.

  • Does not harm healthy kidneys.

  • Helps your body repair itself after injury.

  • Helps you stay fit as you age.

 

Examples of Proteins

  • lean meats – beef, lamb, veal, pork, kangaroo.

  • poultry – chicken, turkey, duck, emu, goose, bush birds.

  • fish and seafood – fish, prawns, crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams.

  • eggs.

  • dairy products – milk, yoghurt (especially Greek yoghurt), cheese (especially cottage cheese)

Fruits

Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they are high in fiber. Fruits also provide a wide range of health-boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease, cancer, inflammation, and diabetes.

Examples of Fruits

  • Apples and pears.

  • Citrus – oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and limes.

  • Stone fruit – nectarines, apricots, peaches and plums.

  • Tropical and exotic – bananas and mangoes.

  • Berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruit and passionfruit.

  • Melons – watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons.

 

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Vegetables

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A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.

Examples of Vegetables

  • Leafy green – lettuce, spinach and silverbeet.

  • Cruciferous – cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

  • Marrow – pumpkin, cucumber and zucchini.

  • Root – potato, sweet potato and yam.

  • Edible plant stem – celery and asparagus.

  • Allium – onion, garlic and shallot.

 

Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

Examples of Grains: Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, grits, and tortillas are examples of grain products. Foods such as popcorn, rice, and oatmeal are also included in the Grains Group.

 

Grains

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Carbohydrates (Fats/Oils)

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Carbohydrates are your body's main source of energy: They help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart muscles, and central nervous system. For instance, fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion, helps you feel full, and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check.

Examples of Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of both healthy and unhealthy foods—bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches.

 

Our Sun Snaps nutritious cookie bars contain all of the balanced diet food groups. These cookie bars are cooked to perfection and filled with healthy nutrients. All natural peanut butter, chia seeds and cacao nibs are just a few of the ingredients that will fill your body with the vitamins and flavor it craves (See the Nutrition Label under INFO at the top).

 

Ingredients: Seedless raisins, cashews (cottonseed oil, sea salt), peanut butter (peanuts), banana, oat flour (oats), rolled oats (oats), honey, brown sugar, eggs, molasses, cacao nibs (certified organic raw cacoa), chia seeds. Contains: Egg, nuts (peanuts, cashews).

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