These cause confusion, because healthy seems like the naturally correct word. Plus, healthful sounds, well, a little high brow. But the word has its place.
Healthful, an adverb, is used when you’re describing the health-related advantages of a food item.
A healthful meal consists of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and lean meat.
If healthful sounds awkward for your needs, use nutritious.
In addition to describing a state of well being, healthy can refer to a large amount of something.
The loss last weekend provided our team a healthy dose of reality during an otherwise stellar season.