Definition of nutritious in English:



  • Efficient as food; nourishing.

    ‘home-cooked burgers make a nutritious meal’
    • ‘The food bank distributes recipes to encourage people to cook nutritious low-cost meals.’
    • ‘It became clear they wanted more nutritious food and they were willing to change their eating habits.’
    • ‘What they want most is delicious and nutritious food that is practical and easy to make.’
    • ‘To popularise this nutritious food, it is also giving away a small recipe book.’
    • ‘So eat nutritious food while you are pregnant for yourself and your baby.’
    • ‘It aims to tackle health issues and diet-related illness by increasing access to fresh and nutritious food.’
    • ‘The food was healthy and nutritious, and most of the Americans liked it, but wished for fresh food.’
    • ‘We need to continually remind them of the nutritious and tasty foods we have in our seas and on our lands.’
    • ‘No matter how tasty and nutritious the food prepared at the hospital, its meals can only suffer from a journey across the city.’
    • ‘Raw food is much more nutritious than cooked food, and is more satisfying in smaller quantities.’
    • ‘This workshop will look at the link between nutritious food and general health and well being.’
    • ‘On the food arrangements, fresh and wholesome nutritious food will be cooked for the children.’
    • ‘It is her conviction that nutritious food need not be rich and expensive.’
    • ‘The majority of their income goes to rent and leaves them with hardly any money to buy nutritious food.’
    • ‘Feeding your family with healthy, nutritious food is not easy when money is tight.’
    • ‘The science is clear - organic food is no healthier, safer or more nutritious than non-organic food.’
    • ‘While snacking is perfectly acceptable, make sure snack foods are nutritious.’
    • ‘They did get healthy, nutritious food even if it was all low-fat and low-calorie.’
    • ‘Sponsor a child to provide funding for education, health care and nutritious food.’
    • ‘The healthy eating campaign to persuade Scots to eat more nutritious foods will be launched in January.’
    nourishing, good for one, full of nourishment, full of nutrients, nutritive, wholesome, healthy, health-giving, healthful, beneficial, sustaining, strengthening
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Mid 17th century: from Latin nutritius ‘that nourishes’ (from nutrex ‘a nurse’) + -ous.