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Smart Choices - Assessing Menu Items
The Queensland Government’s Smart Choices- Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools is mandatory for all state schools and strongly encouraged for non-state schools.
Want to rate a product or menu item with specific nutritional information? You’ve come to the right place.
Rating tuckshop-made menu items
Making menu items from scratch can give you more control over ingredients, meaning fewer industrial-style additives, lower salt and sugar, and a higher content of fruit and vegetables.
For the healthiest recipes, always try to use lean meats, skin-free chicken, reduced fat dairy, and unsaturated fats and oils.
Most recipes made from scratch will be rated as GREEN, unless you are using unhealthy ingredients, such as pastry, butter, cream, or coconut milk/cream.
If you want to test your recipe against the Smart Choices nutrition criteria, FSANZ have a useful Nutrition Panel Calculator* which can generate a Nutrition Information Panel, allowing you to use our Smart Choices Calculator, below.
Smart Choices Calculator
Rating packaged products
If you have a product that you are unsure of, you can use the Smart Choices Calculator to rate the item. Note that you may need certain nutrition information, usually found on the Nutrition Information Panel on the back of the package. Also note that all packaged, processed products assessed using this calculator will be, at best, rated as AMBER. You can fast track your search by selecting the category of your item below, and follow the prompts.
Find out how to improve your menu rating
Click on the LEARN ABOUT RATINGS button in the relevant category below to find out how to increase the GREEN rated items on your menu by making simple changes.
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