Top tips for carers for eating well

I have had the privilege of working with Manchester Carers Network for the last few years and have met so many wonderful carers. Carers do such a fantastic job of looking after other people but sometimes it can be hard to fit in time to look after themselves. I run workshops with Manchester Carers Network which, if you are a Manchester based carer, you can book onto free of charge.

In this article I will share some tips for carers on eating well.

1) Have breakfast

It is so easy not to when life is busy but even a quick breakfast will help stablise blood sugar levels and reduce the chances of you grabbing snacks later – good quick options are overnight oats, a slice of wholemeal toast with peanut butter or fruit and plain yoghurt.

2) Keep hydrated

Having water throughout the day and keeping well hydrated can help keep our kidneys healthy, keep blood pressure at a healthy level, help concentration and stop us from overeating. Water is the ideal drink but unsweetened, non alcoholic drinks all help. Aim for about 8 glasses of fluid a day. I find having water ready (eg in water bottles or glasses around the house) helps prompt me to drink.

3) Try and eat what the rest of your household eat

Those you care for might be on special diets or they might not eat a healthy balanced diet but trying to find things which can be adapted for those you care for rather than cooking a whole different meal can be cheaper and also save time. For example could you add extra veg to your plate if your child won’t eat much veg. Could you make a Bolognese sauce with lots of veg and blend it for the person who is limited to blended food?

4) Love your freezer

Whether it is batch cooking or using frozen fruit and veg, your freezer is your friend. Having quick options to grab from the freezer is really helpful and reduces food waste.

5) Supercharge ready meals

Ideally we all cook from scratch but the reality is sometimes ready meals are the only option. That’s ok. Ready meals are often higher in salt and sugar than meals we cook at home so look for the options which are lower when you are buying ready meals. They are generally lower in fibre too. So have a bag of salad ready to have with your meal, or tinned sweetcorn, or frozen veg. It won’t add time to the prep but it will help your digestion and keep you fuller for longer. Plus, all those vitamins and minerals from the veg will help your body function even better.

Disclaimer – this article is intended for information purposes only and doesn’t replace personalised advice.

If you would like one to one support tailored around your needs, get in touch.


Published by porternutrition

I am a freelance Registered Nutritionist with NHS, charity and private sector experience. My passion is for improving health without breaking the bank and spending hours chained to the kitchen. I work with all ages but have specific focus on the youngest of the community as they start their food journey.

2 thoughts on “Top tips for carers for eating well

  1. Hi, I really liked your profile. I’m contacting you about my 10 year old daughter. She has begun to regularly skip meals and is eating noticeably less, she checks labels on everything and is looking thinner. I’m especially concerned as there is some anorexia/disorders in the family and want to try to ensure she us not making choices on misinformation eg she chose white bread over brown after comparing labels. I haven’t really talked much about my concerns as feel I need to be sensitive but I suggested a dietician might be able to help with making all the information easier to understand and she was really keen. I’m really just thinking of a few sessions rather than anything long term. Is this something you might be able to help with?

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