Use healthier recipes
- Score homemade recipes using the .
- Sell freshly made food and beverages to students that meet the Guidelines (score as Sell based on the ).
- Look for recipes that can include fruits and vegetables when they are in season (such as apples, berries, rhubarb and zucchini) for freshness and to support local BC food producers.
- Keep portion sizes moderate. Cookies that are 6 cm in diameter or less, slices of loaves that are 2 cm thick or less and muffins that are the size of a tennis ball or smaller are more likely to meet the Guidelines.
- Work with administrators, parents, teachers and students to promote healthier recipes using resources such as and .
Use sensational substitutes*:
|Boost Fibre||1 cup white flour||1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup white flour|
|1/4 cup ground flaxseed 3/4 cup white flour|
|Adding wheat bran or oatmeal to homemade bread|
|Use Less Fat||1/2 cup of fat (oil, margarine, or butter)||1/4 cup mashed fruit 1/4 cup of fat|
|1 cup of solid fat||3/4 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup solid fat|
|Whole milk||Skim, 1% or evaporated skim milk, fortified unsweetened soy beverage|
|Cream||Milk, low-fat evaporated milk or low fat sour cream|
|Use Less Sugar||1 cup sugar||2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar cinnamon, vanilla or almond extract to boost flavour|
|1 cup chocolate chips||1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 1/2 cup to 1 cup chopped nuts or chopped dried fruit|
|Icing or frosting||Fresh chopped or pureed fruit and/or a dusting with powdered or icing sugar|
*Based on "Sensational Substitutes" from , pg 5.
Act to support healthy eating:
- Ensure that everyone bringing food uses the Checklist so they meet the nutrition standards in the Guidelines.
- Ensure that everyone bringing food understands how to be food safe and allergy aware at home.
- Label all food sold with ingredient lists and nutrition information from recipes (when available).
- Keep it simple and do not sell products at bake sales that require refrigeration, such as food with dairy or egg products in liquid form and meats.
- Consider selling bottled water, fresh fruits & vegetables and other healthy snack options alongside baked goods at school events.
- Include non-food items and prizes at events and physical activities/games that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Food for Thought
Meet the Guidelines with healthier recipe ingredients such as:
- Dried fruit, fruit sauce with no added sugar or sweetener, grated vegetables or bran
- Nuts and seeds (where there is no allergy limitation)
- Oil or non-hydrogenated margarine as the fat source
Where Can We Find Out More?
- Speak to a Dietitian by dialing osnovyanka or Email a osnovyanka Dietitian
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Last updated: June 2014
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