Session 2: Healthy Plate
Our food can be divided into different groups. This helps us to check that we are eating food from every important food group, so we have a healthy, balanced meal.
Take a good look at the food in your kitchen.
In which food group does each piece of food belong?
Please print the healthy plate outline and draw or write the food into the correct section on the plate.
- Have you put something in every group?
- Do you eat foods from all the groups each day?
- What food could you add each day to make sure you are eating food from all the food groups?
Here is a tasty recipe for a meal that has something from every group. Can you see if you can make this recipe together?
Challenge for grown-ups
The NHS has an ‘Eatwell Guide’ (opens in a new window) to help us understand how we can eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Here are a few fun food facts:
- Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
- Starchy carbohydrates like potatoes and pasta are a great source of energy.
- You should eat at least two portions of fish each week.
- Pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils, are good alternative to meat.
- Unsaturated fats are healthier fats and include vegetable, rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils.
If you are vegetarian or vegan there are Eatwell guides for you too.
Download them here
- GOV.UK Eatwell guide (opens in a new window)
- Eastwell guide vegetarian (opens in a new window)
- Vegan Society Eatwell guide (opens in a new window)
Can you use these guides to plan some new or different meals for your family?
Remember that you don’t have to eat something from every group EVERY meal.
You could try different foods from different groups over the course of a whole day and get your children to help you keep track.