Cooking and eating well can help look after our physical and mental health. This is as important now as ever.

We have collated a list of healthy, affordable and accessible ideas to help you to discover new recipes, many using store cupboard ingredients. Be sure to adapt the recipes to your needs and follow guidelines on safe cooking.

Children & Families

Cooking can be a welcome release, a distraction and a great activity to entertain and educate the kids. From planning meals and reading recipes, to prepping and cooking, children and young people can get involved. Check out the British Dietetic Association’s tips on cooking with different age groups and enjoy your creations!

BBC's Goodfood store cupboard essentials for families

Cook with Jack - Cheap and healthy weekly shopping list with recipes (Under £15 in the UK - prices may differ in the Bailiwick)

Change4Life recipes and ideas for families

Veg Power recipes for children and parents to make together

Early Start Group Fun Child-Friendly Recipes and Cooking Activities

Jamie Oliver’s 6 healthy after-school snacks

Our Lunchbox Lowdown 50 ideas for children aged 1-5 (scroll down to the Resources section)

Toddler snack ideas

Order free copies of the WCRF’s Budget Bites recipe booklet

Learning to Love veg & fruit

Children develop their relationship with food and from an early age, and it is key to carry on supporting this development. We support the Island’s pre-schools, schools and youth settings to make veg and fruit available, accessible and attractive. Below are useful links for parents and teachers.

Child Feeding Guide’s ways to increase fruit and veg consumption

Veg Power’s Making Veg Fun

Flavour School’s free Sensory Food Education Programme for Reception & Key Stage 1

TastEd free resources on building food “vocabularies”

Nippers Nutrition Box Blog on encouraging healthier eating habits

HENRY’s activities for the early year’s parents and carers

Our page on Building Healthy Relationships with Food

Kids in the Kitchen - getting children involved with cooking


For general guidance on eating well including portions and sizes check the Eatwell guide.

Eating a healthy balanced diet will keep you well-nourished, in good general health and your immune system functioning normally. But no specific food or supplement will prevent you catching any viruses. So be aware of false claims that foods or supplements will “boost” your immunity.  Also, you do not need to avoid any specific foods to stay well (unless you have a medical condition and have been advised to do so by a healthcare professional). Good hygiene practice remains the best means of avoiding infection. Check out the British Dietetics Association (BDA) advice on nutrition and viruses.

British Heart Foundation Recipe finder and healthy "fakeaways"

Healthy Food Guide recipes

BBC's Good Food top 10 healthy store cupboard recipes, healthy and quick recipes & freezable recipes

Jamie Oliver’s  Keep Cooking and Carry On & all recipes can be found here

Chef Gregg Wallace & Chris Bavin’s eatwell for less recipes

The Health Improvement Commission for Guernsey and Alderney LBG offers these links as educational resources and not as endorsement. The Health Improvement Commission is not responsible for the content of the linked websites, or changes to them, and you should review the third party's terms and conditions, privacy and data protection policies.


Key Contact

Alex Kosmas Team - Community Nutritionist - Eat Well Lead