Attention Parents: Fundraising season is upon us, and very soon coupon books, raffle tickets and bake sales will be popping up at a school near you. When it comes to bake sales, it will come as no surprise that the cookies, cakes and bars that fill the tables are often high in sugar and fat, but did you know there are tools available to help ensure that your favourite family recipe is a healthy choice?
‘The Checklist’ from the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools is a new helpful tool to determine if freshly made foods or beverages sold in schools are healthy choices. The Guidelines outline the nutrition standard that must be followed for all food and drinks sold to students and ‘The Checklist’ is a new addition to the 2013 Guidelines.
Using The Checklist is as easy as, 1-2-3
1) Decide the category where the freshly made food or beverage fits from The Checklist.
2) Score the recipe by answering each question listed in the category. This determines whether the item scores as ‘Sell’ or ‘Do Not Sell’ in schools.
3) If an item scored as ‘Do Not Sell’, check out the ‘scoring tip’ at the end of each category to get ideas on how to revise the recipe to meet the Guidelines. You can also take a look at Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods and Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking: Nourishing Minds and Bodies for recipes that meet the Guidelines and for tips to make your recipe healthier.
If you have a number of freshly made food or drink recipes, you can use The Checklist: Scoring Summary Reports to collect and record the scored results. There are separate reports for each food and beverage category in the Checklist.
Remember, the Registered Dietitians at HealthLink BC are here to answer any questions you may have regarding the Guidelines or how to make your recipe a healthier choice. Send us an email or call 8-1-1.
If you have further questions about food and beverages sold at school, speak with your school principal.