My favourite vegetable is carrot sticks…with houmous – JD, 5
If your children are starting to learn about what makes a balanced diet, now is the perfect time to introduce them to the Department of Heath’s ‘Eatwell Plate’, which sets out some basic rules about the proportions of different foods we should have on our plates.
It’s a simple way to make sure the whole family gets the nutrition they need, while keeping things like sugary, fatty treats to a sensible minimum.
Healthy plate printables
I’ve created an activity to help learn more about healthy meals. Just click on the image below to download this printable healthy eating plate, along with printable foods for each category.
How to use your healthy plate activity sheets
- Download the PDF file to your computer
- Print the sheets – there are 6 pages in all
- Colour in the foods on each sheet
- Cut out each of the food wedges
- Use them to build as many healthy plates as you like, mixing and matching to create varied, healthy meals
You can even use the sheets to make wall displays. It’s a simple way to start learning about food and is a great kickstarter for further discussion about health and nutrition.
Please note: These printables have all been created by me, based on the ‘Eatwell plate’ proportions, though the sheets themselves are not officially endorsed by the Department of Health.
Learn more about family wellbeing
As you may know, I’m working with Actimel this year as an Ambassador for the Family Wellbeing Index – a great resource designed to support your family’s wellbeing in relation to food, play, learning and more.
As the EAT Ambassador, I’ve been working to create more tips just like these, which will soon be available online for you to look through. I’ll post the link as soon as they’re live, but in the meantime, do please check out the Family Wellbeing Index website for lots more great tips.
Disclosure: I am a sponsored ambassador for the Actimel Family Wellbeing Index.