Which day is healthier?

Have a look at the food listed in the following two days, which day do you think is healthier?

healthy eatingDay 1


B: 2 Weet-bix, banana, milk + coffee

MT: Apple + handful of nuts

L: Sandwich with chicken & salad

AT: 1 slice of toast with vegemite

D: Pan fried meat or fish with baked potato, carrots, broccoli & green beans.

S: Cup of tea with milk + dark chocolate


dietitian melbourneDay 2


B: Smoothie with kale, banana, berries, chia seeds and almond milk

MT: Fresh squeezed juice (apple, carrot, beetroot, celery) + handful nuts

L: Quinoa salad with spinach, pomegranate & organic chicken

AT: Date & coconut protein ball

D: Pan fried meat or fish with steamed carrots, broccoli & green beans.

S: Cup of green tea + raw organic dark chocolate


So what is the difference?

Neither one is healthier or “better” than the other. Both days are nutritionally adequate for both macro and micronutrients, and dietary fibre.

You might be surprised to know that the amount of naturally occurring and added sugar is fairly similar for both days – day 1 has 66g sugar while day 2 has 62g sugar. 

Both plans have equal amounts protein and saturated fat. One main difference is that day 1 has more energy from carbohydrate and less from total fat than day 2.

Another key difference is the cost of the food and I think you can guess which one is more expensive.

One of the reasons I put this piece together is so that people who don’t have the inclination and financial means to follow a day 2 style eating pattern, can understand that we don’t need to follow the latest food trends or eat so called “superfoods” in order to nourish our bodies well. There’s nothing wrong with incorporating the latest food trends, but they aren’t necessary for good health and for many people they add to the confusion around healthy eating. 

Social media “wellness gurus” have over-complicated what it means to eat well and to the point that my clients no longer feel that toast or a sandwich are healthy food choices, or are “good enough”. Another danger of this hyped up view of healthy food is that some people, for whom such elaborate eating is out of reach, end up thinking it’s all to hard, so why bother even trying.

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