Leading a healthy lifestyle is very important at John the Baptist C.S. with a special task force established in 2017 to address the issue in a holistic and mindful manner.
Adolescence is a time of rapid development, physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. It requires adequate intake of nutrients to enhance development. For young people to achieve their full potential, a healthy diet is essential. To eat a balanced diet, you need to combine several different types of foods from each of the main food groups. Foods that contain the same type of nutrients are grouped together on each of the shelves of the Food Pyramid.
The Food Pyramid is designed to make healthy eating easier. This gives you a choice of different foods from which to choose a healthy diet.
Food Pyramid to print: Food-Pyramid-PDF
Leaffet on Food Pyramid: Food-Pyramid-leaflet
So in a nutshell, healthy eating involves;
- Plenty of vegetables, salad and fruit
- A serving of wholemeal cereals and bread, potatoes, pasta and rice at every meal – go for whole grain varieties wherever possible
- Some milk, yoghurt and cheese
- Some meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts; choose fish up to twice a week – oily is best.
- A very small amount of fats, spreads and oils
- And a very small amount or no foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt, such as sugary drinks, biscuits, cakes, crisps and processed salty meats like sausages
Healthy snack ideas
- Nuts and / or seeds
- Whole wheat crackers and cheese
- Crackers or vegetable sticks with hummus
- Whole fruits e.g. banana, mandarin, apple, portion of grapes
- Rice cakes/ corn cakes with almond or peanut butter