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With increasing pressure on school canteens to turn a profit and so provide a source of income which can be used to boost the school’s coffers, effective financial management strategies are more important than ever. The old days of canteens merely being expected to break even seem for the most part long gone – and […]

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theme-days

Creating an exciting theme day for the canteen is a great way to encourage your students to make healthy eating choices, and many canteens have at least one per term. Not only can a theme day raise awareness within the school environment, it can also tie in with broader community initiatives initiated by the National […]

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fritters

The ‘traffic light’ system adopted by government school canteens across Australia has not only been designed to provide guidelines as to which foods to favour on the menu – it’s also a way of using school canteens to set a good example in promoting healthier eating in the wider community. The aim is to ensure […]

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Soup

Planning your canteen menu for the winter months can be a challenging task. Without the time or resources to make all your hot meals from scratch, you’re reliant upon commercially available hot food products, but many of these don’t meet the relevant traffic light criteria. Of course there are some commercial products which are ideal […]

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A Healthy Eating, or Healthy Food and Drink Policy, is a document which not only puts in writing the guiding principles and goals of your canteen, but can also be applied throughout the school and let the wider community know exactly where you stand with regard to the nutritional content of the food you serve. […]

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Salad

We all know that school principals and parents alike want to see more green rated foods on the school canteen menu. But as all canteen staff are also aware, amber rated commercial products are popular with schoolkids and very few schools are able to rely solely on green food. Just like adults, kids look for […]

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It’s becoming an increasingly common sight on supermarket shelves and in advertising – food that’s promoted as ‘gluten free’. At first glance this might seem just a fad – the latest diet craze. And it’s true that most of us don’t need to avoid gluten as we can eat it with no ill effects. But […]

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wa

Breakfast is widely recognised by dietitians and health professionals as the most significant meal of the day. It optimises nutritional intake, so children who miss it suffer from lower levels of nutrients during the day – which can lead to increased hunger along with higher levels of hyperactivity and less capacity to concentrate and learn. […]

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