National Healthy School Canteens

Guidelines for healthy foods and drinks supplied in school canteens

Meat, chicken, fish and alternatives

Page last updated: 28 October 2013

Foods

Green/AmberComments and suggestions
Lean red meats (for example: roast beef, stir-fry strips, reduced fat mince)GreenThese foods are good sources of protein and can be used in a variety of ways:
  • serve with salad or vegetables
  • as a pizza topping
  • in casseroles, stews and stir fries
  • as a filling for burgers, foccacia, wraps, burritos,
  • tacos, enchiladas
  • kebabs.
Lean chicken meat without the skin (for
example: chicken breast, thigh)
GreenThese foods are good sources of protein and can be used in a variety of ways:
  • serve with salad or vegetables
  • as a pizza topping
  • in casseroles, stews and stir fries
  • as a filling for burgers, foccacia, wraps, burritos,
  • tacos, enchiladas
  • kebabs.
TurkeyGreenChoose the leanest mince available and check all other
meats are trimmed of visible fat.
EggGreen
Fish (for example: tuna, salmon, sardines)GreenChoose canned fish packaged in spring water.
Nuts*Going from Amber to GreenChoose nuts* that are un-salted and un-roasted. Nuts* that are salted and/or roasted are categorised as Amber.
Stews, casseroles and curriesGoing from Amber to Green
Chicken drumsticks and wingsAmberWhen preparing meat and alternative dishes in the canteen choose ingredients categorised as Green and serve with plenty of vegetables.
Spare ribsGreen and AmberAvoid adding salt when preparing or serving these foods.

Use herbs and spices to add flavour instead.
Legumes (see page 20)Check the Nutrition Information Panel against the Nutrient Criteria below.
Energy (kJ) per 100gSaturated fat (g) per 100gSodium (mg) per 100g
Meat products and alternatives crumbed and not-crumbed (burgers, patties, strips, balls or nuggets), sausages,frankfurts and saveloys, stews, casseroles and curries1000kJ or less5g or less450mg or less

*Check your school policy regarding the use of nuts and products containing nuts.