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Fresh Tastes @ School

 healthy canteen food

At school you learn about the kinds of foods and drinks you need everyday to stay healthy.  It makes sense then that your school canteen is full of healthy food and drinks so you can put into practice what you have learnt in the classroom.

Healthy food also helps your brain to work better and makes you feel more alert – just what you need to get you through the school day.

Healthy food also looks and tastes great!

The Fresh Tastes @ School strategy is a NSW Government initiative that supports all schools with a canteen to go healthy and fill the menu with lots of delicious healthy choices that not only taste good but are good for you.

If you want to learn more about the foods that are suitable for sale in a school canteen go to the Canteen Menu Planning Guide. It explains the Red, Amber, Green food spectrum concept and provides plenty of examples of food that fit into each segment.

Look for the lights at your canteen!

Your canteen will have a traffic light colour chart to help you make healthier choices when buying something from the canteen.

GREEN foods can be eaten everyday as part of a healthy diet, so GO right ahead. Choose and enjoy them!  Green foods include: fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, sandwiches, some milks, some hot food and water.

AMBER foods are not as healthy for you, so go SLOW and choose carefully.  Too many of these foods could make you put on weight.  Amber foods include: fruit juice, big cartons of milk and some hot foods.

RED foods mean you need to STOP!  They are not healthy for you and you should only have them occasionally.  Red foods include: chocolates, fizzy drinks, chips, pies and sausage rolls.

Remember: GREEN foods can be tasty and interesting. They also make you feel better throughout the day.