Nutrition (also called nourishment or aliment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Balanced diet - a diet that contains adequate amounts of all the necessary nutrients required for healthy growth and activity.

A balanced diet that is made up of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.

It's recommended our total daily calorie intake should comprise of:

Vitamins and minerals come from a range of foods within the three food groups mentioned.

Protein aids your body's growth and repair. It's essential if you exercise a lot because it helps with muscle development. Good sources of protein are:

What if you're a vegetarian or vegan? Don't despair, you can still find protein in the following foods and include them as part of a balanced diet:

The perils of eating too many carbs have been well documented, but they are important to include as part of a balanced diet as carbohydrates provide our body with energy. There are two types of carbohydrates - sugars and starches:
Sugars are simple refined carbs found in white bread, chocolate and biscuits. These type of carbohydrates are less filling and have a higher calorie count.
Starches are unrefined complex carbs that the body takes longer to break down. As a result they fill you up for longer, provide more long-term energy, and contain more vitamins and minerals. Good sources of complex carbohydrates include wholewheat bread and pasta, potatoes and brown rice.

Fat gets bad press but certain types are essential for a balanced diet and healthy functioning of your body. Good fats are found in vegetable sources such as nuts and seeds.
Avoid unhealthy saturated fats - these are what you'll find in higher fat dairy products, the visible fat on meat and processed meat products such as sausages, pies and pates.
Steer clear of unhealthy trans fats which are found in many processed products and takeaway foods.

The most important vitamins are vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K and folic acid. A healthy balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables should provide you with most of these. If you think you're not getting enough vitamins, try taking a daily multi-vitamin supplement.

Essential minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, potassium, sodium and zinc. As well as fruit and vegetables, fish and dairy sources provide a lot of minerals. So if you're a vegan you may have to keep a special eye on your mineral intake.

Food ItemAmountCalories (kcal)Protein (g)
Early Morning
Lukewarm water with lemon 1 cup
Tea (without sugar) 1 cup 35 4
Marie biscuits 2 56
Skimmed milk with sugar 1 glass 90 8
Brown bread upma (or) 1 plate 205 6
Besan Chilla 2 290 12
Fruit salad 1 medium bowl  40  
Veg Khichdi 1 medium bowl  202.5 9.5
Veg raita 1 small bowl  75 3.5
Mix veg salad 1 bowl 30 2
Tea (without sugar) 1 glass 90 8
Wheat rusk 1 glass 90 8
Tea (without sugar) 1 cup  35 4
Wheat rusk 2 120 6
Missi roti (without oil) 2 200 6
Mix veg 1 medium bowl 95 4
Curd 1 small bowl 30 1.5

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