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firefoxAll our nutritionally balanced packs meet the new school canteen guidelines for healthy eating making compliance simple.

We are HACCP quality assured and engage independent nutritional advice from recognised industry leader, Nutrition Professionals Australia.

kids love tuckaboxFrom 2006 a “National Healthy School Canteen Framework” designed to facilitate and support healthy lifestyle change underpins school nutrition policy and the provision of food within the school environment, in each state and territory.

It provides nationally consistent, minimum standards but each State and Territory is responsible for their own school nutrition policies and implementing the guidelines. There is national consensus about items that fall into the “red/not recommended” category with variation occurring in the allocation of “green” and “amber” food items.

TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM

TuckaboxThe traffic light guide system has been developed as a way of creating an environment that makes healthy choices easier choices by improving the range, availability and promotion of healthy foods and drinks. It is also aims to limit the availability of less healthy options. This second criteria may not be applicable in other environments but the GREEN and AMBER foods can be used as a way of benchmarking healthy options in any catering environment. Food ingredients are divided into categories:

GREEN: The foods and drinks in this category are based on the food groups outlined in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Dietary Guidelines for Australians. Foods in the GREEN group should be actively promoted, displayed in prominent areas and always available.

AMBER: These foods are mainly processed foods which have some sugar, salt and/ or fat added to them. The guidelines state that they should be supplied in smaller quantities than the GREEN foods and not actively promoted. These need to be distinguished from RED foods by comparing them to the RED nutrient values.

RED: Most foods and drinks that make up the RED category are based on the ‘Extra’ foods as defined by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. The Traffic Light Guidelines state that they should be limited to no more than 20% of items displayed, and that they should not be advertised, promoted or supplied at meetings or functions. The RED foods are described by very specific nutrient criteria.  

Tuckabox lunch packs– Nutritional Analysis

Lunch Packs Energy Protein Fat Sat Fat CHO Fibre Sodium        
The above data privided by the Nutrition Professionals Australia  

Garden salad s/wich

 765

7.0 

2.1 

 0.2

 31.4

 

365 

     

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

     

Fruit & Nut (Original)

764

4.7

14.6

1.6

 

2.4

8.4

     

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

     
 

2145

14.5

18.1

2.6

61.9

4.9

400.8

       

Curried egg s/wich

1330

13.8

11.6

3.8

38.2

 

539

     

Orange

230

1.4

0.1

 

10.6

2.6

3.9

     

Australian sultana

534.8

1.1

   

26

6

46

     

Ski D'lite Bar

365

1.7

0.6

0.2

17.3

3

13

     
 

2459.8

18

12.3

4

92.1

11.6

601.9

       

Egg lettuce s/wich

1220

11.9

9.5

3

38.3

 

526

     

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

     

Dried apricots

177

1

<1

<1

9

1.6

9

     

Ski D'lite Bar

365

1.7

0.6

0.2

17.3

3

13

     
 

2062

15

10.2

3.2

81.6

7.1

549.4

       

Tuna lettuce s/wich

1110

19

4

1.2

36.6

 

522

     

Pear

320

0.4

0.1

 

17.6

3.2

2.8

     

Movietime Popcorn

445

1.1

8.8

0.9

6.7

 

151

     

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

     
 

2191

22.9

14.2

2.9

74.4

3.2

701.8

       

Chicken salad 97% fat free s/wich

1080

17.1

2.2

0.3

40.1

 

669

   

 

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

     

Fruit & Nut (Cashew Blend)

620

3

4.4

0.4

19.4

2.4

11

     

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

     
 

2316

22.9

8

1.5

90

4.9

707.4

       

Ham salad s/wich

1080

13.6

5.2

1.8

37.1

 

932

 

   

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

   

 

Fruit & Nut (Original)

764

4.7

14.6

1.6

 

2.4

8.4

   

 

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

   

 

 

2460

21.1

21.2

4.2

67.6

4.9

967.8

       

Beef cheese pickle s/wich

1430

16.7

12.2

6.4

40.6

 

1060

 

   

Orange

230

1.4

0.1

 

10.6

2.6

3.9

   

 

Australian sultana

534.8

1.1

   

26

6

46

   

 

Ski D'lite Bar

365

1.7

0.6

0.2

17.3

3

13

   

 

 

2559.8

20.9

12.9

6.6

94.5

11.6

1122.9

       

Cheese tomato s/wich

1220

11.1

10.6

5.8

36.7

 

526

 

   

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

   

 

Dried apricots

177

1

<1

<1

9

1.6

9

   

 

Ski D'lite Bar

365

1.7

0.6

0.2

17.3

3

13

   

 

 

2062

14.2

11.3

6

80

7.1

549.4

       

Cheese salad s/wich

1240

11.8

10.6

5.7

36.3

 

502

 

   

Pear

320

0.4

0.1

 

17.6

3.2

2.8

   

 

Movietime Popcorn

445

1.1

8.8

0.9

6.7

 

151

   

 

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

   

 

 

2321

15.7

20.8

7.4

74.1

3.2

681.8

       

Beef salad s/wich

1150

15.1

6.4

2.2

36.9

 

822

 

   

Apple

300

0.4

0.1

 

17

2.5

1.4

   

 

Fruit & Nut (Cashew Blend)

620

3

4.4

0.4

19.4

2.4

11

   

 

Go-gurt Tube

316

2.4

1.3

0.8

13.5

 

26

   

 

 

2386

20.9

12.2

3.4

86.8

4.9

860.4

       
                       

Australian state Guidelines for canteens

New South Wales
It is mandatory for all government schools in NSW to abide by the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy, Fresh Tastes. The traffic light system of green, red and amber is allocated to foods according to their nutritional value with restrictions and rules of how often certain colour foods can be made available. Further details at : http://www.schoolcanteens.org.au http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/obesity/adult/canteens.html

Northern Territory
The NT School Canteen Guidelines were revised in 2006 and are based on current government guidelines for young people. There are recommendations for foods within each of the 5 food groups and a list of guiding principles. Suggestions of foods to include and those to avoid are specified. “Extra” foods are equivalent to the “red” items in other menus and are not recommended for sale at all within the school environment. The guidelines are at the Department of Education and Training website.

Queensland
The Smart Choices healthy food and drink strategy became mandatory for QLD government schools in January 2007. The policy governs all situations in the school environment where food and drinks are supplied. Details at: http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/healthy/food-drink-strategy.html

South Australia
Eat Well SA Schools and Preschools Healthy Eating Guidelines provide a framework for the provision of healthy foods in schools. The Centre for Health Promotion has released a comprehensive set of nutrient specific criteria for schools to identify everyday foods and recommended healthy choices. Everyday foods must be a minimum of 80% of the items offered on the canteen menu. The traffic light system is expected to be the mandatory guidelines implemented by the Department of Education and Children’s Services in 2007. Further details at: http://www.chdf.org.au/ and the DECS website.

Tasmania
A School Canteen Handbook provides a policy for menu selection, canteen policy, food safety and canteen management in government schools. Schools are encouraged to implement this policy. The Cool Canteens Accreditation Program (Cool CAP) awards a star rating similarly to the WA (Star CAP) system. Further information at: HYPERLINK http://www.eatwelltas.com.au/coolcanteens.php

Victoria
The School Canteens Policy was released in October 2006. It is discretionary and provides guidelines and resources for implementation. Soft drinks are banned from all Victorian government schools and confectionery will be banned from 2008. The details of the canteen policy are found at “Go For Your Life” Healthy Canteens website.

Western Australia
The Star Canteen Accreditation Program (StarCAP) awards a star rating from 3 to 5 based on canteen policy, participation, menu, food safety and hygiene. Mandatory healthy canteen guidelines will be introduced in 2007 based around the traffic light system in NSW. Information at: http://www.waschoolcanteens.org.au/pages/starcap/01-starcap.htm