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Tips to help you eat well

This collection of handy tips will help you and your family enjoy better eating habits. But don’t forget to also check out our ‘Good Habits’ recipes, as well as challenges to keep your family motivated.


  • Pre-packaged snack foods are often high in energy (kilojoules), unhealthy fats, sugar and/or salt. Limit them to special occasions.

  • Iron is important for energy, brain development and growth. Try to include food with iron at each meal such as lean red meat, chicken, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds.

  • Off to a sporting event? Pack some healthy snacks so you'll be less tempted by the high fat, high sugar foods on offer at the game. This tip can apply to any event or activity outside of the house.

  • Fresh herbs straight from your garden are lovely but the good news is that dried herbs actually contain more concentrated amounts of nutrients due to the absence of the water component. Dried herbs also have a longer shelf-life (but remember that they don’t last forever) and therefore can be a more cost-effective option than purchasing fresh herbs. Tip courtesy of Nutrition Australia ACT Inc.

  • Use child-sized plates and bowls for your kids. It makes it easier to tell if they're getting the right portion size. Visit the Australian Dietary Guidelines to find the recommended number of serves by gender and age group.