This weeks Webinar was all about breakfasts. We learned that portion size is really important, because even if you have a nice healthy breakfast, if you have too much then it won’t be nearly as good for you. We learned that a balanced breakfast is best so it is good to have a mix of healthy food groups and we can use our Eat Well guide to help us choose.
My favourite part of this weeks Webinar was doing the exercises at the end with Alex, it was so much fun! I really enjoyed being a cheetah and a french bean – Ooh la la!
This week at home we have weighed out our breakfast portions each morning to make sure we are having the recommended amount. It didn’t take very long at all, and because there was less it meant I ate it quicker so I had more time to get ready for school – Mum was really happy about that!
I also tried a new breakfast – overnight oats – I had it with greek yoghurt, mixed frozen berries, chia seeds (never had them before) and then added some fresh fruit in the morning before I ate it. It was really tasty and I will definitely have it regularly.
My brother and I were both really surprised at how small the recommended portion of cereal was compared to how much we normally had. We didn’t think it would be enough to keep us going until lunchtime at all. Luckily it really was, I didn’t feel any hungrier than I normally did plus I have some fruit at snack time so that helps me get through to lunchtime.
This week, Lily showed us the correct portion sizes of some foods such as pasta, dried fruit and rice. My Mum and I weighed out what I would normally have as a pasta portion and it was much bigger than what Lily showed us, so that was interesting to learn.
A great tip we picked up was to serve our food on smaller plates so it doesn’t look like a small portion. To help with that my Mum bought me a personalised portion control plate, it should hopefully help us get used to what I should be having and it’s so cute!
My favourite part of the Webinar this week was making my own EatWell guide for my favourite dinner, a roast.
We have tried really hard this week to make sure my dinner portions are correct for me, we have weighed out pasta so I am having 60g and swapped to wholemeal which tastes exactly the same! It was tricker with some dinners as you cant weigh everything but that’s where my portion plate helped – as long as it fitted into the sections, it was ok!
My win this week was getting moving and doing some exercise, I have a game called RingFit that I like to go on, I enjoyed doing knee lifts, and knee to chest and running on the spot to explore the map – I run really fast!
This weeks webinar was all about snacks!
We talked about good snacks and bad snacks. An example of a good snack is houmous and carrot sticks, a bad snack is crisps or a cereal bar as they can be high in sugar, salt and fat.
Lily showed us how much sugar was in different drinks by measuring it out in teaspoons into a cup. We couldn’t believe how much sugar was in a cup of hot chocolate, 24g!!! Even flavoured water had 11g per bottle, we were so shocked. Luckily we tend to have no added sugar options in our house so it wasn’t something we need to change, but definitely an eye-opener.
We did my favourite again this week, exercising with Alex!! He challenged us to balance a loo roll on our back and get down to the floor and back up without it falling off, it was so hard!! I didn’t manage it once! We also did bunny hops which were lots of fun too.
Thinking about the webinar this week we challenged ourselves to find some new and healthy after school snacks for me to try. We looked at the Change4Life website for some suggestions. I wanted to try rice cakes with cream cheese so my Mum went out and bought some. I LOVED them! We sliced some cucumber up on the top too, they were really tasty, so I’ve had them most days after school all week. I also tried a hard-boiled egg as a snack with some cucumber slices, that was yummy too. We have already looked for an idea for my next new snack, oatcakes with some cheese and tomatoes on, I’ll let you know if I liked them!