The Eatwell Plate

This page discusses The Eatwell Plate and how you can use it to help plan a healthy balanced diet.


 The Eat Well Plate illustrates the proportions of foods that you should eat, not the amount. This will depend on factors such as; your age, gender, how active you are and the goals you are trying to achieve e.g. weight loss.

An easy way to remember the portions you are aiming for is:

  • Half of plate to be filled by vegetables or salad.
  • A quarter of your plate to be filled by meat, fish or vegetarian alternatives.
  • A quarter of your plate to be filled by starchy foods such as; cereals, bread, potatoes, pasta or rice.

The diagram does not represent one meal, but instead your overall food for the day. This means that you don’t need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the right balance over a day, or even a week.

More detailed information on each of these foods groups can be accessed below:

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