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Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy and varied diet is really important to help you grow and develop. What we eat can also affect our mood and how we feel. It can be tempting to binge on junk or processed foods but these will be high in fat, sugar and salt and affect our mood in a negative way.

Making sure your diet includes all the key food groups will give you the energy and nutrients you need.

Maintaining a healthy weight for your height means that there is a balance between what you eat and the energy you use in your daily life. Sometimes this can be difficult to get right. If the majority of what you eat is whole, fresh foods and processed foods are kept to a minimum or as a treat, you will start to find the right balance.

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Do you know all the different food groups?

  • Fruit and vegetables 
  • Bread, rice and pasta 
  • Meat, fish and eggs 
  • Milk and butter 
  • Oil, salt and sugar 
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Which of these count as your five a day?
Nuts square Yes or No?

No but they are a great source of protein

Frozen fruit and veg, like berries, peas or spinach square Yes or No?

Yes fresh, frozen or tinned all count 

Mushrooms square Yes or No?

Yes of course, fresh vegetables count

Baked beans or spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce square Yes or No?

Yes but choose versions lower in salt and sugar  

Yam, Cassava, Plantain square Yes or No?

No, these don’t count but they are great sources of fibre 

Unsweetened 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies square Yes or No?

Yes but a maximum 150ml, once a day  

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