Day 1: Up & About

Modern life has made things much more comfortable for us – so comfortable, in fact, that most of us spend too long sitting down doing nothing much at all!

Of course it’s important to relax, but there’s a difference between chilling out and vegging out. The fact is that kids who are inactive don’t burn off enough energy and store up fat in their body.

The solution is simple – get up! Simply being up, about and moving burns calories and helps fend off diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

Go for a walk after dinner. When the nights get longer walk the kids to the park to burn off a few calories.

Today’s recipe suggestion

Lentil soup

This filling vegetarian soup is packed with protein and ideal on a cold winter’s day

Serves: 1

Time: 35 min

1 tsp oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, chopped

4 tbsp red dried lentils

450ml water chopped parsley (optional)

freshly ground black pepper


Fry the onion and carrot in a saucepan for about 3 minutes, until softened.

Add all the other ingredients and bring the soup to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Add a little more water if needed.
If you like your soup smooth, blend it for 30 seconds in a food processor. Then decorate with chopped parsley and serve with wholemeal bread.

Food safety tips Always wash your hands, work surfaces, utensils and chopping boards before you start cooking.

Recipe provided by the FSA