Food Triangle

Use this triangular food diagram to initiate a discussion on healthy food and the most important food groups.

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Ask one player to tell the group about his/her favorite food.


Allow the player to identify the category or the color of the food group where that specific ingredient would fit in.


Give the player the opportunity to reflect on why this ingredient is healthy or unhealthy. Discuss with the group if the other participants agree or disagree.


Try to link as many other ingredients to the same category of foods.


The game ends when you’ve discussed all five categories of the Food Triangle.

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The Food Triangle - developed by the Belgian agency Gezond Leven ( – offers guidelines on which foods are preferable and what’s

best being limited. The reversed pyramid is drawn in five different colors:

  • Blue: at the top of the pyramid is the category of water, since it is especially important to consume lots of water to keep your fluid levels in balance.
  • Dark green: these are the foods that originate from plants and that have a favorable effect on your health: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, potatoes, legumes, nuts, seeds and plant oils.
  • Light green: these are the products derived from animals that have a favorable or neutral effect on your health such as fish, yoghurt, milk, cheese, poultry and eggs.
  • Orange: these are the foods originating from plants and animals that can have an unfavorable effect on your health when consumed in large amounts: red meat, butter, coconut- and palm oil.
  • Red: apart from the triangle is the ‘others’ category. These are highly processed products which contain a lot of salt, sugar and/or fat. It’s better to avoid these products or to consume them in small amounts.


  • Include some creative role-play to the discussions. For example: ask the children to act out a specific food or beverage and link it to the Food Triangle.
  • Ask the children to step away from the panel and pick a specific ingredient. The children now need to throw a little ball to towards the right food group.

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Lies De Vocht

Content & Communication Officer StreetwiZe • Mobile School BE

22 August, 2019


Interesting methodology to work with children and youth on healthy food habits.

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