Aim: to help children, staff and parents in developing positive and responsible attitudes to eating and to appreciate the contribution that good food makes to health.
The Healthy Lunch Food Pyramid
Meat, Fish, Alternatives 1
Dairy Produce 1*
Fruit and Vegetables 1+
Bread, Cereals, Rice, Pasta 2
What is a Portion?
1. Bread: I slice of bread (any kind), 1 medium bread roll, 1 small scone, 2 small crackers, 2 tablespoons of pasta or rice, pitta, wraps, bagels, quiche, small serving of plain popcorn.
2. Fruit/Vegetables: 1 large apple, 2 kiwis, 2 satsumas, 100ml unsweetened fruit juice, ½ tin of fruit in own juice, 2 tablespoons of vegetables, 1 small salad.
3. Dairy: mini carton of milk, 125ml carton of yoghurt, 2 processed cheese slices.
4. Meat etc.: 2 slices of cooked meat or chicken, matchbox size portion of cheese, 2 hard boiled eggs.
Drinks: Water, milk and unsweetened juice are healthy choices, fizzy drinks are not. Drinks to be brought to school in cartons/plastic bottles. Tap water is available in all classrooms.
Snacks for small break: plain popcorn, flapjacks, yoghurt, fromage frais, and crackers.
Friday is “Treat Day”: children may include one piece of food from the top shelf of the food pyramid.
Promoting Healthy Eating
• Each class will receive a minimum of two lessons on healthy eating
• Over the course of one week each term there will be a focus on the foods from one of the shelves of the food pyramid.
• Teachers will provide positive modelling and supportive attitudes to encourage healthy eating.
This policy will be reviewed every two years for re-certification by the HSE.