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Introducing the exante Meal Guide

Introducing the exante Meal Guide

To mark World Health Day, we want to share the kinds of foods which could help you when planning your healthy, low-calorie meals 

The exante Meal Guide is designed to help you build healthy, balanced low-calorie meals in addition to your exante meal replacements. 

What’s the difference between the EatWell Guide and the Meal Guide? 

The EatWell Guide, includes 5 main food groups and represents what a healthy, balanced diet should look like in general. But, it’s almost impossible to fit every single food group into each meal we have. So, that’s why we created the exante Meal Guide. We want to help you understand what a healthy, balanced meal plate could look like. So, if you’re following any of our exante plans, you can use this guide as a handy template to understand which foods to include and in what portions 

A deeper look into the exante Meal Guide 

As you can see, the exante Meal Guide is split into 3 sections: Vegetables, Protein and Carbohydrates – that’s not to say all other food groups are out of bounds, these 3 main sections just indicate the most important food groups that can make up a healthy, balanced meal plate.  

Why these 3 food groups?  

 

Vegetables 

Let’s start with the largest portion of the plate, vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories, but packed with nutrients. Filling around half your plate with vegetables will provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals to keep your body and immune system healthy [1]. Since no single food provides all the vitamins and minerals we need, it’s best to have as much variety as possible.  

Remember, fresh, frozen and tinned all count towards your 5 a day! 

Protein 

Protein is essential for your body’s growth and repair. It should fill up around a quatre of your plate. Protein doesn’t have to just come from meat and fish, there are other sources too. Beans, eggs, lentils and tofu are also great sources of protein.  

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are some amino acids that the body can’t make by itself. These are known as ‘essential’ amino acids – meaning they must be consumed in our diet. Meat, eggs and fish contain all essential amino acids, but plant-based sources of protein tend to lack certain amino acids. That’s why it’s important to have a variety of different plant proteins in order to meet your body’s amino acid requirements [2]. Check out our Active Lifestyle range of supplements which provide your body with essential nutrients such as amino acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6…

Carbohydrates 

Many people are wary of carbohydrates since there are a lot of conflicting messages in the media. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. Not only that, they provide a multitude of vitamins and minerals, like B vitamins and iron. They also provide dietary fibre which prevents constipation promotes digestive health. Fibre is also associated with a reduced risk of developing certain diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer [3]. 

Fibre rich wholegrains are digested more slowly and provide a steadier release of energy throughout the day. Where possible, try choosing wholegrain bread and pasta, brown rice, pearl barley and oats – the list goes on.   

Summary 

So that concludes our introduction to the exante Meal Guide. We’d love to hear how this has helped you build nutritious, balanced meals. So please be sure to share your pics of your meals on our closed Facebook group or tag us @exantediet on Instagram! 



Sophie Elwood

Sophie Elwood

Writer and expert

Sophie is a Registered Associate Nutritionist, with a BSc (hons) Nutrition degree and background in working with patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Sophie is a dedicated foodie, with lots of experience in food and nutrition education.


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