School meals and healthy eating standards

New Guidance March 6th 2014 on teaching healthy eating habits by Scottish Government

On March 6th 2014 Education Secretary Michael Russell, said: “The Scottish government is committed to providing high quality school meals and this new guidance sets out how we will go about achieving this.

All food in schools must meet nutritional standards so that children have healthy, balanced diets – see government site.

This means there must be:

  • high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
  • at least 2 portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal
  • bread, other cereals and potatoes

There can’t be:

  • fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines
  • more than 2 portions of deep-fried food a week

Nutritional standards in schools can be found on the School Food Trust website.

This guide shows you the nutrient based standards for school lunches. The Nutrition Program uses this data for the My Meals analysis.

School Food Trust

School Food Trust

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