The Daily Crisp is very proud and excited to announce that it is the official media sponsor for Shaklak Aklak, a national nutrition awareness campaign dedicated to help you make better and more informed choices regarding the foods you put into your body.
Firstly it is important to know why you need to pay attention to what you are eating. Here are just a few reasons:
- 18% of boys and 10% of girls suffer from anemia today, as well as 25% of all adults*.
- 35% and 63% of men and women, respectively, suffer from being overweight or obese*.
*Figures based on UNICEF report.
The two statistics above are largely preventable if we change just a few of our unhealthy eating habits. Knowing how much you should be eating of each food group is not rocket science and should not be over-complicated. In their first episode highlighting correct portions sizes and distribution, the ‘eatwell plate’ is a great way of visualizing how much and what type of food should really be on your plate.
What is the Eatwell Plate?
The eatwell plate is divided into different sections to help you identify how much you should be eating of each food group.
- 40% of your plate should be made up of vegetables. Variety is key when it comes to vegetables, we recommend choosing at least three differently colored vegetables with each meal. Also, make sure you do not overcook the vegetables in order to maintain as many nutrients as possible.
- 25% of your plate should be whole grains. Brown bread, pasta, rice, and oats are all complex carbohydrates that give you energy throughout the day. They are also very low in fats and cholesterol!
- 20% of your plate should be made up of protein. This includes meat, chicken, fish, or plant proteins such as beans, nuts, or mushrooms. Grilling or baking is the best way to enjoy animal and plant proteins and always try to choose lean protein options, e.g. white meat instead of red meat.
- 10% of your plate should be fruits. Fruit is naturally sweet and can be enjoyed raw or in smoothies. All fruit is packed with antioxidants and, as with vegetables, the more colors you have throughout the day the better.
- Last but not least, 5% of your plate can come from dairy products. 1 cup of milk a day or 1 pot of yogurt is enough to satisfy your body’s calcium needs. Cheese and butter are dairy products, but should only be enjoyed in moderation as they are high in saturated fats and calories.
Alongside a healthy diet it is important to also pay attention to your water intake. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to ensure all of your body’s organs are working smoothly. After all, 65% of our body’s are compromised of water.
Stay tuned for more Shaklak Aklak episodes where important nutritional information such as servings sizes, differences between fats, and nutritional values are discussed. Find out more information via the Shaklak Aklak website, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Youtube channel.