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Food Pyramid Game

It's very important for your health to eat a balanced diet. Eating the right mix of foods everyday helps you grow strong, gives you lots of energy and can stop you getting ill.

We call this recommended mix of foods the food pyramid. The food pyramid is made up of different food groups and you should aim to eat a certain amount of each food group every day. Play our quiz and answer the questions below which are divided up into the different food groups. If you need some help, read through the information provided on each food group.

Fruit and vegetables

1. What is a dried grape called?

    a. Raisin

    b. Prune

    c. Wrinkly

2. Apples, carrots and tomatoes belong to which food group?

    a. Milk and dairy

    b. Fruit and vegetables

    c. Meat and fish

3. How many portions of fruit and vegetables should you eat every day?

    a. 5

    b. 3

    c. 1

4. What colour fruit and vegetables should you eat to stay healthy?

    a. Only the green variety

    b. Only the red variety

    c. Choose a mixture of colours and varieties

5. Fruit and vegetables are very good for you because they contain lots of:

    a. Fat?

    b. Vitamins and minerals?

    c. Starch?

6. Vitamin C is good for you and helps fight against colds. It can be mostly found in:

    a. Fruit and vegetables?

    b. Meat and fish?

    c. Chocolate and crisps?

7. Which of these is a green vegetable?

    a. Broccoli

    b. Carrot

    c. Turnip

8. Which one of the following is a citrus fruit?

    a. Banana

    b. Orange

    c. Peach

9. What vegetable can make you cry when it's peeled?

    a. Carrot

    b. Potato

    c. Onion

Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. And it's easy too! Here are some ideas:

  • Have a piece of fruit with your cereal or toast at breakfast - bananas, apples and strawberries with your cereal are tasty and so good for you.
  • Ask whoever makes your packed lunch if you can have either an orange or a real orange juice drink. Which ever you prefer, this will give you lots of vitamin C, which is good for your skin health.
  • Take a dried fruit snack to school to enjoy at afternoon playtime. A handful of raisins, dried apricot or other dried fruit counts as one portion.
  • Enjoy your favourite vegetables every dinner time. They can be fresh, frozen or from a tin and can be mixed with pasta, meat or potatoes - just 2 heaped tablespoons count as one portion.
  • Choose a fruit pudding. Fresh fruit salad, apple crumble or tinned strawberries and jelly, for example, count as one portion as long as it includes at least 1 cup of fruit.

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Bread, cereal and potatoes

1. What food is usually served with curry?

    a. Mashed potato

    b. Tomatoes

    c. Rice

2. Which one of these is a breakfast cereal?

    a. Muesli

    b. Yogurt

    c. Apple crumble

3. Which one of the following is not a way to make toast?

    a. Put bread in the toaster

    b. Put bread under the grill

    c. Put bread in a pan of water

4. Bread, cereals and potatoes are called what foods?

    a. 'Sticky' foods

    b. 'Messy' foods

    c. 'Starchy' foods

5. Pasta, rice, bread, cereals and potatoes contain carbohydrates, which give you:

    a. Energy?

    b. Headaches?

    c. Healthy teeth?

6. Which food comes in shapes such as shells, tubes and twists?

    a. Apples

    b. Pasta

    c. Chicken

7. Cereal is a good choice for breakfast because it:

    a. Gives you energy?

    b. Is a fruit?

    c. Is full of fat?

8. Chips, hash browns and mash are all made from what food?

    a. Pasta

    b. Rice

    c. Potatoes

9. What are shepherd's pie and cottage pie topped with?

    a. Mashed potato

    b. Mashed carrot

    c. Boiled cabbage

These foods are called 'starchy' foods and should form the main part of every meal. This is much easier than it may sound as this group also includes rice, pasta, yams, plantains and sweet potatoes. For breakfast you could have cereal and fruit, or toast with your favourite spread. Lunch and dinner could be a sandwich, jacket potato, curry and rice, spaghetti or shepherd's pie, all served with vegetables or salad. In all cases, if you can eat wholemeal, wholegrain and brown versions, it's even better for you and gives you extra fibre, which helps you stay healthy.

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Meat, fish and alternatives

1. Tuna is a type of:

    a. Fish?

    b. Chocolate?

    c. Egg?

2. Chicken, sardines and sausages come from which food group?

    a. Meat and fish

    b. Sugar and fat

    c. Milk and dairy

3. What are omelettes made from?

    a. Eggs

    b. Tomatoes

    c. Milk

4. Which one of these is not a nut?

    a. Hazelnut

    b. Almond

    c. Sultana

5. What is in the middle of ‘toad in the hole'?

    a. Bacon

    b. Sausage

    c. Tuna

6. Where do pigs usually live?

    a. In a sty on a farm

    b. In the sea

    c. In a chicken coop

This food group includes all meat and fish, eggs, beans, nuts and pulses. They contain protein, and vitamins and minerals that you need in medium amounts so you only need to eat one of these foods once a day. For example, you could have lamb cottage pie one day and the next day have chicken. Other tasty options include tuna pasta, cheese omelette, and beans on toast.

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Milk and dairy products

1. Which one of the following is the healthiest pudding?

    a. Packet of crisps

    b. Chocolate cake

    c. Yogurt

2. Dairy foods are rich in calcium. What is this very good for?

    a. Keeping your bones, teeth and nails healthy

    b. Keeping your bedroom tidy

    c. Keeping the rain away

3. From what animal does the milk you drink usually come from?

    a. Chicken

    b. Cow

    c. Pig

4. Which of these is not a dairy product?

    a. Cheese

    b. Yogurt

    c. Nuts

5. Which dairy product do you usually pour on your favourite cereal?

    a. Cream

    b. Milk

    c. Yogurt

6. What happens to cheese when it is heated?

    a. It disappears

    b. It gets bigger

    c. It melts

Milk and dairy products, such as yogurts and cheese contain calcium and protein, which are essential for healthy bones. As you're still growing, you need to eat a medium amount of this group everyday. You could have a glass of milk when you get home from school or a yogurt for pudding. If you like cheese, you could have cheese on toast or jacket potato with beans and cheese a couple of times a week.

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Fats and sugars

1. Chocolate and sweets contain lots of:

    a. Vitamins and minerals?

    b. Sugar and fat?

    c. Protein?

2. What food are most crisps made from?

    a. Potatoes

    b. Carrots

    c. Onions

3. Which of these contains the most sugar?

    a. Sweet potato

    b. Bar of chocolate

    c. Can of coke

This food group includes biscuits, cream cakes, crisps and fizzy drinks. If you eat too many foods in this group, it is not very good for healthy bodies and teeth so you should try not to eat them too often. The occasional treat such as sweets or cake is fine, at the weekend or at parties for example. When you want a snack, why not choose your favourite fruit - strawberries, kiwi fruit, peaches and oranges are all sweet and juicy and taste lovely. And try to drink real fruit juice or milk instead of fizzy, sugary drinks.

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