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Healthy Eating

Your teenage years are such an important time for growing and developing. Having a healthy and varied diet is really important to help make sure you receive all the energy and nutrients you need to concentrate at school and take part in sports and activities.  

Healthy, active teenagers can have big appetites. It might be tempting to eat too many foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt but it is so important to eat well-balanced meals that help your body and brain to grow and develop. 

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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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British Nutrition Foundation

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