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In this task I will be investigating the possibilities of providing a healthy, nutritious meal that fits the eatwell plate and dietary guidelines for a group of young children that visit a nursery everyday and have a meal in the middle of the day. I

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GCSE Food and Nutrition Resource Task 2 Rheanna Burgess Centre Number: 17349 Task Title: Young children visit a nursery each day and enjoy a meal towards the middle of the day. As so many pre school aged children can acquire bad eating habits from an early age, you have been asked to investigate the possibilities of proving a healthy, nutritious meal that is in a line with the 'eatwell plate' and dietary guidelines. A. Plan an investigation to show how a two course meal and drink can be modified to meet the 'eatwell plate' and dietary guidelines. B. Carry out the investigation and record your results C. Evaluate the task. In this task I will be investigating the possibilities of providing a healthy, nutritious meal that fits the 'eatwell plate' and dietary guidelines for a group of young children that visit a nursery everyday and have a meal in the middle of the day. I will be investigating on how a two course meal and a drink can be modified to meet the 'eatwell plate' and dietary guidelines. I will record my results and evaluate my work. Interesting e.g. shapes, colour. Having a snack that is a variety of shapes (e.g. animal shapes) and colours will be more attractive to toddlers. This can be useful when dealing with a 'fussy' eater, who may be reluctant to try new foods, e.g. having the food in shapes of the child's favourite animal. Also bright (colour) and attractive looking foods will draw the toddler's attention to them and makes eating more fun. A meal that meets the 'eatwell plate' It is important, especially in young children to install the necessity of a balanced diet consisting of fruit and vegetable (five a-day), meat, fish, eggs, beans (protein), bread, rice, pasta (starch), milk, dairy product and vitamins/minerals. An 'eatwell plate' should cover all food groups in the correct ratio. ...read more.


The skills used during this practical would be: * Chopping of the fruit * Knife skills Drink: Strawberry Smoothie This drink also contains two different types of fruit which will also at to the children's 5-a-day, the drink also contains calcium to help the children's bones and teeth grow and repair. The fibre and calcium for the drink will give the children energy to get through the rest of the day at nursery. The drink will also look appealing and taste sweet although no sugar is added, but there will be natural sugars from the fruit in there. The skills that shown during making this dish would be: * Blending * Chopping of the fruit * Knife skills In my practical lessons I will be making the dishes above in the order shown, I feel that these meet and are acceptable for my task title and allow me to show a range of skills. PRACTICAL PLANNING RECORD SHEET Student Name: Rheanna Burgess TIME METHOD / PROCESS SAFETY AND QUALITY CONTROLS 5 minutes Wash hands, prepare equipment and ingredients. Wash hands in hot soapy water. Check all equipment and ingredients are safe to use. 10 minutes Cook noodles in boiling water. Careful that the water doesn't splash up and burn yourself. 4 minutes Prepare any vegetables being used with a knife and a chopping board. Careful not to cut yourself with the knife 3-4 minutes Add oil to the frying plan and add the chicken and sir-fry for 3-4 minutes. When done chicken should be white right through. Take care that the oil doesn't spit and then burn skin. 2 minutes Add the remaining vegetables and soy sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes. 1 minute Drain the water from the noodles using a colander. Take care of the hot steam. 2 minutes Sir in the cooked noodles and cook for a further 2 minutes until hot. ...read more.


Throughout my project I show good understanding of I.C.T skills, as I have added tables and diagrams to show my results to make it clear to see which dish stands out the most. My disadvantages in this project would be that my chosen dish even though they fitted the task title really well, they were just too simple and didn't really give me a big enough challenge, if I were to do this task again I would pick a more complex drink and desert as I feel my main dish wasn't as simple as the other two dishes. The results of my investigation show me that children need to receive a good diet or it may lead to future problems and it also shows me that young children would enjoy my dishes, I was very pleased with the results and with this I am able to see that the dishes I choose to make were suitable for nursery added children as they contain all the different food groups they need to maintain a healthy diet, I am very pleased with my results from my investigation. Conclusion Looking back on my project and seeing the task title that was given, i feel that I achieved it to a good standard and to the best of my ability. I made a good main meal, dessert and drink suitable for young children, they all fitted the 'eat well plate' and dietary guidelines, and also altogether makes a healthy nutritious meal. Personal I feel that I made something that a child will enjoy to look and taste of. In my project I have tables that show I have covered all the food groups needed in a young child's diet, I also feel that my investigation went really well and I was able to find out what is really needed in a child's diet. I don't think I would make any changes to my meals, expect the skills used when making my dish's which is limited when making these dish's but never the less I am happy with my overall project and feel that I was very successful. ...read more.

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