A balanced diet is about eating all the necessary food groups on a daily basis, so that your body gets the nutrients it needs for healthy functioning, such as protein, carbs, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It also means measuring your calorie consumption, to meet your body’s energy needs. Nutritional requirements come from the following food groups: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, lean proteins.
This infographic maps different foods into nutrient categories and specifies their role. As you’ll see, even ice-creams and chocolates are good, if eaten in small quantities!