In October 2005 the healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools was released which provided benchmarks for offering healthy food and drink choices to students in school canteens and tuckshops. Foods and drink are coded Red (lacking in nutrients or contains excess fat , sugar or salt), Amber or Green( healthy) according to how often (if at all) they are allowed to be supplied to school children. By July 1 2006 implementation of the Smart Choices Strategy was mandatory in all State Schools. This ensured that children were being exposed to and encouraged to make healthy food and drink choices.
Tips for making better tuckshop choices
- toasted sandwiches that contain some sliced meat or cheese for protein or thin crusted pizza or small serves of pasta (my childrens favourites)
- avoid fizzy coloured drinks and choose a milk base drink that has a lower GI
- leave choc biscuits and crisps for parties
- get them to try something new such as a wrap or sushi
Remember the tuck shop is an extension of your pantry- lets not disguise it as the local seven eleven!!
have a great weekend