Eatting Well

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This unit provides the knowledge. Understanding and skills required to support children and young people at meal or snack times. It covers the principles of healthy eating and requires demonstration of competence in supporting hygiene and positive behaviour at meal and/or snack times. This unit provides the knowledge. Understanding and skills required to support children and young people at meal or snack times. It covers the principles of healthy eating and requires demonstration of competence in supporting hygiene and positive behaviour at meal and/or snack times. Suppoting children and young people at meal or snack times.

Suppoting children and young people at meal or snack times.

The eatwell plate shows the different types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. It's a good idea to try to get this balance right every day, but you don't need to do it at every meal. And you might find it easier to get the balance right over a longer period, say a week. Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. In England, most adults are either overweight or obese. This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight. Based on the eatwell plate, you should try to eat:

Plenty of fruit and vegetables
Did you know that we should be eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day.

Plenty of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta
and other starchy foods
Choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can.

Some milk and dairy foods

Some meat, fish, eggs, beans
and other non-dairy sources of protein

Just a small amount of foods and drinks
high in fat and/or sugar

Try to choose options that are lower in salt when you can.

Is the eatwell plate for me?
The eat well plate applies to most people – whether they're a healthy weight or overweight, whether they eat meat or are vegetarian, and no matter what their ethnic origin. However, it doesn't apply to children under the age of two because they have different nutritional needs. Between the ages of two and five, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown on the eat well plate. Anyone with special dietary requirements or medical needs might want to check with a registered dietitian whether the eatwell plate applies to them.

8 tips for eating well

These practical tips can help you make healthier choices. The two keys to a healthy diet are eating the right amount of food for how active you are and eating a range of foods to make sure you're getting a balanced diet.

A healthy balanced diet contains a variety of types of food, including lots of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils; and some milk and dairy foods.

1. Base your meals on starchy foods

2. Eat lots of fruit and veg

3. Eat more fish

4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar

5. Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day

6. Get active and try to be a healthy weight

7. Drink plenty of water

8. Don't skip breakfast

1. Base your meals on starchy foods

Starchy foods such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes are a really important part of a healthy diet. Try to choose wholegrain varieties of starchy foods whenever you can.

Starchy foods should make up about a third of the food we eat. They are a good source of energy and the main source of a range of nutrients in our diet. As well as starch, these foods contain fibre, calcium, iron and B vitamins.

Most of us should eat more starchy foods - try to include at least one starchy food with each of your main meals. So you could start the day with a wholegrain breakfast cereal, have a sandwich for lunch, and potatoes, pasta or rice with your evening meal.

Some people think starchy foods are...
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