Britain’s top 10 cookery confessions

1. Just 20% of people take the time to prepare a well-balanced meal every night


Research from Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side campaign reveals that lots of people think preparing a well balanced meal is complicated or time consuming, which stops them from putting the effort in when it comes to dinner time - but it doesn’t have to be this way! 

2. 70% of us say it’s because we don’t have time

Deciding what to make; buying the ingredients; chopping all that veg... When you just want to flop on the coach at the end of the day, preparing a meal from scratch is often seen as too much effort when you could just pop in a ready meal. However, it can be really simple and rewarding to learn a few staple dishes that are nutritious, filling and most importantly, taste great.

3. 65% of Brits are baffled by conflicting dietary advice

Every day you see a fad diet spring up, or a new super food that is everyone’s must have. It is no wonder really that research has shown most of us just don’t know what to believe when it comes to eating well! The best advice we’ve heard? Keep meals simple, home-made and full of nutritious unprocessed ingredients.

4. Over a third (36%) of us are aware our diets are lacking in much needed nutrients


So, despite finding conflicting nutritional advice confusing, lots of us do know we could be doing more to ensure we consume the right types of food to keep our body healthy. By always making sure that you are eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy carbohydrates you can rest assured that your body will thank you!

5. 1 in 4 people have lied to friends or family about what they’ve had for dinner

Shockingly, our research revealed that a naughty 25% of people have fibbed about their dinner choices to their friends or family due to being embarrassed about what they’ve really had. We say, it’s time for Brits to come clean about our dining habits, which leave much to be desired, and start making healthy, nutritious meals we’ll be proud of.

6. A quarter of people have only 2-4 dishes in their recipe repertoire

One reason Brits might not be eating as healthily as we’d like could be down the fact we don’t have a bank of recipes we feel confident creating. It can take time, however by building up a bank of easy, simple and nutritious recipes it can take the stress out of midweek cooking.

7. 46% of us feel guilty about our lack of exercise 

Healthy eating and exercise are often seen to go hand in hand, when we’re fuelling our bodies with good stuff like slow release carbohydrates we have more energy to tackle that swim, run or hike up a mountain!

8. 40% of us agree that taste is the most important factor in a meal


Eating healthy food is great, but one thing almost all of us can agree on is that it still has to taste great! Luckily this isn’t actually too hard to achieve, often it is the freshest least processed ingredients that give our meals the umph they need.

9. But only 20% say health is the most important factor for our dinners

Sadly, nutritional value seems to come at the bottom of the pile when it comes to what we look for in our dinners.

10. 76% of us would welcome a quick, simple, healthy dish that covers all bases


And lucky for you – we have just that! This ‘Bowl in One’ dish from the ‘Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side’ campaigns covers all food groups, contains 3.5 of your 5 A Day and is low in saturated fat, salt and sugar. Plus, this Grilled Salmon and Potato Rainbow Salad, tastes amazing too!

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