All you need for the meat eater’s Winter 2022 Healthy Diet Plan

Everything you need to follow the meat eater’s winter 2022 Healthy Diet Plan. Find the menu chart, all the recipes for the week, handy shopping lists and more.

Welcome to BBC Good Food’s Healthy Diet Plan for winter 2022! This page contains everything you need for the whole week. Scroll down or click the links below to get started. Looking for a different plan? Discover our vegetarian menu or try our brand new vegan plan.

Our new Healthy Diet Plan has been exclusively developed by food writer Sara Buenfeld, with analysis and expert advice from registered nutritionist Kerry Torrens. With colourful fruit and vegetables, minimally processed foods and recipes loaded with healthy fats, fibre, lean protein and slow-release carbs, you can start this year looking and feeling your best.

The food we eat not only affects how we look, but also how we feel. Providing your body with the right nutrition through a healthy, balanced diet can help to improve mood, support energy levels and help you think more clearly. Our plan focuses on vibrant plants, fermented foods and wholegrains. Fermented foods, like kefir and live yogurt, as well as wholegrains, fruits and vegetables supply lots of fibre, and have been associated with several positive health effects including better digestion, stronger immunity and improved mood. As a result, by following our plan, you can expect to feel more energised, improve your digestion and feel brighter and sharper.

For this plan, we’ve highlighted recipes that are especially good to enjoy post-exercise. For resistance training, protein is key for muscle repair, and for cardio and endurance training, you’ll need some energising carbs to replenish glycogen stores, as well as protein. Muscles are most receptive in the 30-minute window following exercise, so eat in this time frame if you can. Remember to drink plenty of hydrating fluids and, if necessary, include a small amount of sodium to replace any lost through perspiration.

How to use the plan

Use the chart below to see your weekly menu at a glance. Eaten in this order, each day will deliver a balance of protein, fat and carbs, helping you to manage hormonal and blood sugar levels, as well as optimal nutrient levels each day. You’ll also achieve all five of your five-a-day (or more) and keep within the recommended Reference Intakes (RI) for fats, protein, sugar, salt and calories, while following the latest guidance on your intake of ‘free’ sugars. As with any lifestyle or diet change, if you have any concerns or health issues, we would encourage you to check with your GP before embarking on our plans.

If this is a new way of eating for you, we suggest that you begin by introducing some of the recipes a day or two before starting the full seven days. This will allow your digestive system time to adapt to the more fibre-rich foods we’ve included. To help you supercharge your results, read our six tips to make the most of the plan.

Your shopping list for the week

To help you get organised, we’ve designed a handy shopping list so you can buy everything you need in one shop – just remember to check the packets for sell-by dates to make sure they’ll last until the end of the week.

Download the printable shopping list

Your menu chart for the week

The recipes

Our plan covers breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves two people for seven days (often using leftovers for another day), although the recipes can be easily scaled up or down.

Get the vegan Healthy Diet Plan recipes.

Get the vegetarian Healthy Diet Plan recipes.


Seeded soda bread with hummus & tomatoes

Fibre, vitamin C, 1 of 5-a-day

Start the day off with a low-GI option for keeping you sustained yet energised through the morning. This yeast-free wholemeal loaf requires no kneading or proving. Instead, the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the acid of the lemon to make the bread rise. We’ve used oat milk, but feel free to use the non-dairy milk of your choosing. This meal also offers a good source of carbs, which is great after exercise.

Millet porridge with almond milk & berry compote

1 of 5-a-day, vitamin C, calcium, low fat, fibre, gluten-free

High in protein and gluten-free, millet is a grain that, once cooked, has a nutty texture, almost like chopped almonds. We used fortified almond milk for this recipe, but feel free to use your preferred non-dairy milk.


Veg-packed egg muffins with bean salad

4 of 5-a-day, low calorie, calcium, folate, fibre, iron, vitamin C

Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, providing almost every nutrient you need including protein to aid muscle repair after exercise.

Leek & broccoli soup with cheesy scones

2 of 5-a-day, low calorie, low fat, vitamin C, fibre

Brassica vegetables like broccoli help to support good gut health and digestion.

Turkey salad with grapes & walnuts

3 of 5 a-day, gluten-free, folate, fibre, vitamin C

Winter lunches aren’t just about soup – this salad provides protein, carbs and beneficial fats. This recipe makes enough to serve two people over two days.


Coriander roast chicken thighs with puy lentil salad

4 of 5-a-day, low calorie, folate, fibre, vitamin C, iron

This delicious roast provides a clever balance of protein and nutrient-dense carbs, making it an ideal choice post exercise.

Balsamic beef stew with veggie mash

5 of 5-a-day, low fat, low calorie, folate, fibre, vitamin C, iron

Get all five of your five-a-day in this tasty stew accompanied by the ideal comfort food – a veggie mash – perfect for chilly weather. This quantity will give you two suppers to eat on different nights.

Vegan tempeh traybake

5 of 5-a-day, calcium, iron, folate, vitamin C, fibre

Made from fermented soya beans, tempeh is a nutrient-rich plan protein. Choosing fermented soya products, like tempeh, provides numerous benefits, including being easier on digestion, making nutrients like calcium and magnesium easier for us to absorb.

Salmon spaghetti soup with broccoli pesto

5 of 5-a-day, vitamin C, fibre, omega-3

This tasty bowlful inspired by a classic minestrone, but it’s thicker and more substantial. You should eat oily fish at least once a week in the form of salmon, mackerel or sardines, as the beneficial heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids can’t be made by your body.

Curried bean & coconut cod

4 of 5-a-day, low fat, calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C, iron

If you like a creamy curry, this cheat’s version combines sweetcorn and unsweetened coconut yogurt, which is lower in fat than traditional coconut milk.

How to customise the plan

Everyone has different needs and lifestyle requirements, which is why our plans are easy to adapt. If you find you’re hungry or would like to increase the daily calories, try adding our healthier snacks and sweet treat suggestions. These recipes are all based around whole foods and keep the processed ingredients to a minimum.

If you want to mix up the menu so you can follow the plan in the longer term, or you don’t like a particular dish on the menu, you can swap it for one of our extra Healthy Diet Plan dishes that all follow the same nutritional guidelines as the recipes in this plan. Please bear in mind that adding snacks or swapping recipes will alter the overall calories and recommended daily intakes for the day.

About the Healthy Diet Plan

Still hungry?

The calories you need on a daily basis vary depending on your age, height, weight, sex and activity levels. There are numerous calculators you can use online to determine your optimum calorie intake. Our plan aims to provide between 1200 and 1500 kcals per day. For the average female who is moderately active, this should generate a shortfall, allowing for steady and controlled weight loss. For those who are hungry on the plan, require a higher calorie intake or are happy with their weight, take a look at our healthier snacks and sweet treat ideas or try our brand new snacks below. As with any lifestyle or diet change, if you have any concerns or health issues we would encourage you to check with your GP before embarking on our plans.

Date & peanut butter dip

Gluten-free, vitamin C, 1 of 5-a-day

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious snack to add to your plan, this sweet dip works really well with savoury crisp veg. Use coconut yogurt to make this vegan.


Cinnamon baked oats with blueberries

Gluten-free (if using gluten-free oats)

Although usually served for breakfast, these mini oat pots topped with yogurt and berries make a great little snack.

A note on fat

Fat is in most of the foods we eat – meat, fish, nuts, seeds and grains as well as dairy and eggs. Obtaining fat from these whole foods is a healthier way of getting this essential macronutrient. We need fat for healthy skin, to boost our mood and improve concentration, as well as for a high-performing immune system. Our recipes include healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, yogurt and olive oil rather than refined ones. That’s because all fats are not equal – we should avoid processed, refined fats and oils and limit (but not exclude) our intake of the saturated variety.

A note on dairy

Whole milk and yogurt are great sources of essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. With that said, if you prefer the taste of semi-skimmed milk and reduced-fat yogurt or you’ve been advised to reduce your sat fat intake, you can swap for these. You’ll still reap the benefits from the calcium and protein that dairy contains. If you would rather go dairy-free, we recommend choosing fortified versions of your favourite dairy-free milk and yogurt.

A note on sugar

We’ve used naturally sweet ingredients where possible like fruit, dried fruit and certain vegetables to slash the amount of added ‘free’ sugars in our recipes.

Please email any questions about the recipes to and we’ll do our best to help.

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