Our bodies need the right foods to go, glow, and grow
Our body is an amazing, powerful machine that allows us to undertake so many incredible tasks throughout the day, but without nutrient rich foods our bodies can become tired, sick and often don’t function as well they could.
We need to be eating a balanced diet everyday from the four major food groups so that we can live our daily lives at school, work and at play, with vitality!
Team Energize deliver nutrition sessions to children in schools about what is included in these four food groups and educate them on how many servings each day they should be having, so that they can’t start making healthier choices about what they are fuelling their bodies with.
The four food groups are Breads and Cereals, Vegetables and Fruits, Meat and Meat alternatives and Dairy and Dairy alternatives.
Energize have renamed them Go, Glow, Grow (for muscles) and Grow (for bones)! Go! Whole grain breads and cereals are best and people need to consume six servings a day in order to give their brain and their body the energy to go throughout day.
The fibre in this group also enables us to feel full and also regulates us.
One serving equals one slice bread OR two WeetBix OR one bread roll OR one cup cooked rice/ pasta OR one homemade muffin or scone OR 10 rice crackers Glow! The glow refers to the glow that our skin, hair and nails receive when we eat five plus a day of vegetables and fruit, not to men- tion the vitamins and minerals that work to ward of illnesses.
It is recommended that we eat three or more servings of vegetables a day, but limit our intake of fruit to two a day because of the natural sugars present in fruit.
Eating a rainbow of colours every day helps to ensure we get a variety of the vitamins and minerals we need – bananas, apples, mandarins, broccoli, carrots, beans; the possibilities are endless. One serving equals one handful. Grow! (for muscles) We need 1-2 servings a day of meat or meat alternatives in order to get the protein we need.
Protein can be found in steak, chicken and eggs, but can also be found in beans, legumes and nuts such as almonds.
One serving equals one palm size and index finger thick. Grow! (for bones) Dairy products consumed provide the nutrient calcium which is needed to grow strong teeth and bones.
Calcium can also be found in a number of vegetables such as silverbeet, and so those who are lactose intolerant can ensure they can meet their daily needs.
We have appropriately named the foods that fall into the slow foods group: chips, biscuits, pies, fruit strings and even muesli bars, are in this category and are not everyday foods.