The importance of a balanced diet for young people
When you're going through puberty, your body is going through massively important changes. You're growing, you're developing and therefore your eating habits need to change accordingly. You'll be using up loads of energy and will probably feel hungry most of the time. And it's a big temptation to simply satisfy this hunger with snacky sweet chocolaty, junk food, but actually this isn't what your body needs at all. You need to make sure you're eating a healthy, balanced diet to keep active and to keep looking good. A balanced diet includes all of the different major food groups, including fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates like bread rice, potatoes and pasta. You need dairy products to give you calcium and vitamin D. And these come from milk, cheese, and yogurts. You also need some fatty and sugary foods, but these you should have in moderation. Finally, protein to help build your muscles is very important too. And you get this from meat, fish, eggs, and beans.
Nadia talks about the importance of a balanced diet
Hi, I'm [inaudible], I'm a TV presenter, stroke actress, and a real foodie. I love my food, but I also love feeling really healthy and vital and energized. So I try and make sure that I have a healthy diet. That doesn't mean that I never have any cakes or biscuits or anything naughty cause I do. But my tip with that is to just have them occasionally and that way, um, they feel like a real treat. My other tip is to use lots of herbs and spices. Everyone knows that we need to cut down on fat. The thing is with fat, butter, oil all that sort of stuff and salt is that they're all very tasty. So if we take them out of our food, we've gotta find some way to put some of the tastes back. And I do that using fresh or dried herbs, lots of spices. Spices don't have to be hot and chilli like, you know, spices can just add a great aroma and a great punch to dishes. My other top tip is really, really to try and stay away from things that are white, white bread, white rice, white pasta, because the problem with eating them though, they taste nice enough is that they burn very quickly in the body. So quite soon afterwards, you're hungry. Whereas if you eat brown rice, brown, pasta, brown bread, it just basically keeps you fuller for longer. And actually really does taste great. A lot of people, are a bit funnier brown, brown rice, they think it's a bit like hippie and a bit sticky and a bit like glue. That's what people say to me. So my tip on that is to use basmati brown rice. And I also add a little stock to it, a little stock cube, maybe, chicken stock or vegetable stock, if you're vegetarian. And that really adds extra flavour. My other tip is eat loads and loads of vegetables, you know, and the thing is lots of people think they don't like vegetables cause they caught them very well. Don't ever boil them, steam them add a little drizzle of olive oil, maybe a zest of lemon, a little fried garlic. I never have broccoli without a bit fried garlic and a drizzle of oil. And after years of hating broccoli, I now love it. So keep things brown, lots of fruits and vegetables and keep your treats as treats. Not an everyday thing.
David Walliams lends his voice to our Touch to See adaptation of his best-selling books
My name’s David Walliams. This tactile and audio book brings to life characters from some of my children’s stories. These stories are written about very ordinary children. But, where the ordinary collides with the extraordinary, it leads to the most amazing adventure of their lives! Where good overcomes evil and, dare I say, where sometimes evil overcomes good.
‘Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it is correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well. He was the stinkiest stinky stinker who ever lived.’ ‘His beard was full of old bits of egg and sausage and cheese that had fallen out of his mouth years before. It had never been shampooed so it had its own special stink, even worse than his main one.’
This is the tale of a twelve year old boy called Jack and his beloved Grandpa. Grandpa was once an RAF Pilot in World War II and used to take Jack on wonderful trips into London to visit the Imperial War Museum. On their way back, Grandpa would reminisce about the war. Jack loved hearing the stories about Grandpa’s escapades during the war and together they would re-enact them.
* Sound effect, spitfire taking off
‘In his dreams, Jack would go up, up and away, just like his grandfather had. The boy would have given everything he had, all of his past and all of his future, for one moment behind the controls of Grandpa’s legendary Spitfire.’
Twelve year old, Ben stays at his Granny’s house every Friday night, whilst his parents have their weekly night out. He thinks that she is the world’s most boring granny. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage soup. She is very much like your textbook granny:
And what’s that smell? Eugh she reaks of cabbage!