Foundation: 5-7 Years Healthy Eating

Eat Well. Be Well.

No one food contains all the nutrients (goodness) we need to be healthy. So try to eat a variety of different foods each day and more of some types than others:

So try to eat:

  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables – aim for 5 a day.
  • Plenty of starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, cereals and rice.
  • Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses like lentils.
  • Some milk and dairy foods like cheese and yogurts.
  • Just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat and /or sugar. You can still have things like chocolate, crisps, cakes, biscuits and sweets but not too often.

More top tips!

  • Enjoy your food – cooking is fun and enjoy spending time eating it and trying out new things.
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, milk, unsweetened tea, a glass a day of pure fruit juice or a smoothie.
  • Eat ‘me size meals’. Young children should not be eating the same amount of food as their older brother or sister or their parents.
  • ‘Meal time’, eat 3 regular meals a day and don’t skip breakfast. Also choose healthy snacks – try our cute sheep sandwich!
  • Lean red meat contains iron which helps to keep the blood healthy and it’s a good source of protein which helps you grow. You should also try to eat oily fish once a week.
  • ‘Up and about’, it’s very important you keep active –make time for some exercise, have a game of football in or after school or go for a swim with your family or even just go for a walk. Find an activity you enjoy and have fun keeping active with your cool mates – you’ll feel fitter and have more energy!
  • When cooking and eating try not to add any extra salt to your food.