Key Stage 4: 14-16 Years Red Meat & Nutrition

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.

Resources

Red meat and nutrition: A consumer guide

Red meat and nutrition: A consumer guide

This booklet aims to inform you about the nutritional content of red meat as well as give you hints and tips about how to include red meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.