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Need new inspiration on how to include more grains into the menu in your early years setting? We surveyed cooks and chefs from across the country and below are some of the ideas they came up with Main meal ideas: Fried …

Good quality grain foods are a fantastic source of fibre, low GI carbohydrate and B group vitamins for children.  The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that children have 4 serves of grains a day (2 serves while in care). Grain foods …

Fresh fruit and vegetable platters are popular healthy snack options in early years settings.  But care is required ensure that children are not inadvertently exposed to choking hazards. Grapes and cherry tomatoes Whole grapes and cherry tomatoes are choking hazards …

Need new inspiration on how to include more vegetables into the menu in your early years setting? We surveyed cooks and chefs from across the country and below are some of the ideas they came up with Main meal ideas: Vegetable …

The National Quality Standard Assessment Guide for element 2.2.1 highlights that Assessors may observe educators “never using food to reward or punish children.“ Saying things such as “you need to eat more of your lunch before you can have dessert” or “you have …

The Food Standards Code requires that food contact surfaces in food premises be cleaned and sanitised.  Cleaning and sanitising are 2 different processes. Cleaning removes the grime and food scraps from a surface.  You may use detergent or a cleaning …

The Assessment Guide for element 2.2.1 states that Assessors may observe “children being provided with food that is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for for Children and Adolescents in Australia”. It is  considered best practice, for settings providing food, to provide 50% …

Mealtimes with children provide the perfect opportunity for positive discussions around food and can help to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. When having discussions with children around food, always talk about what is important to the child at …

The warm weather has truly arrived in most parts of Australia. One of the great things about this time of year is that we often get to spend more time outdoors – whether that’s on the beach or having a …

There are many reasons that a family may prefer or a child may require a particular milk.  The market is full of different dairy milks and an ever growing variety of non-dairy milk alternatives.   Not all of these alternatives are …

Background and links to the National Quality Standard For early years settings who provide food to children it is important that consideration is given to the assessment guide for Element 2.2.1, outlined in the Guide to the National Quality Standard. …

Eating to boost your immune system this winter When it comes to diet, there is no strong evidence that links one particular food to cold and ‘flu prevention. However, there are a number of foods that are important for supporting …

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In November 2014, schools  went ‘nude’ with their school lunches to promote a healthy body and a healthy planet for  National Nude Food Day, run by Nude Food Movers Australia.   To celebrate the event Nude Food Movers offered over $5,000 …

  Food Smart Schools have had the pleasure of been in attendance and presenting at the Smart Choices  Masterclasses run by the Qld Department of Education, Training and Employment this year in Cairns and Brisbane.   We had such a …

This month we continue exploring how to market healthy food to kids with a focus on quality and variety. Click here to read the first installment of our marketing and promotion series.   Getting your product mix right is about …

  SERVES 4 PREP & COOK TIME 45 MINUTES  Ingredients: 2 cups red lentils 2 tablespoons of oil 1 onion, finely sliced ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes (more if wanted) 1 teaspoon of brown mustard seeds ½ teaspoon ground turmeric …

  Vegetables and fruits are important for growing children and teenagers. Unfortunately Australians are not eating enough fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes access to fresh fruit and vegetables can be challenging however there are some tricks to get a variety of …

Did you know that the recent Australian Health Survey (ABS) found that 51% of teenage males had consumed soft drink on the day before their interview.   Drinking energy drinks and soft drinks regularly may seem appealing to the ‘risk taker …

preparation time 1 hour Ingredients: 2 cups of self-raising wholemeal flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped ½ cup of bran cereal 1 ¼ cup of skim milk 2 whole …

In our work with school tuckshops, we have seen that those making a healthy profit from selling healthy foods are doing this by applying marketing principles in their tuckshop. They are letting students and teachers know what is available by …

The Food Foundations program has recently introduced the Magnificent Menu award. This accolade is awarded to settings who complete a menu assessment with the Food Foundations program and meet the minimum serves for the five food groups for children while in …

Many ancient civilisations have relied on grain foods for nourishment.  While the Chinese were eating rice, the Babylonians and Assyrians were eating wheat and barley and in Central and South America they were using maize.  Today we have access to …

Dr Sandra McMahon – Speech Pathologist, PhD, Director SpeechNet Speech Pathology Dr Sandra McMahon has over 15 years clinical and research experience in the areas of early communication and feeding development in infants and children. Her interest and passion in regard to …

Good nutrition assists in the maintenance of independence and supports the overall health and wellbeing of residents.  Despite the value placed on good nutrition, the prevalence of malnutrition in the aged care setting is alarmingly high. Australian studies show a …

  New Australian Physical Activity Guidelines were released on the 7th of February this year.  The new guidelines place a greater emphasis on highlighting the importance of a variety of aerobic and other exercise.  There is also a much greater …

Parent orientation events are the perfect opportunity to provide information to future parents on food supply in your school and the importance of healthy eating for productive learning and good behaviour.    You may like to use these resources at …

Sesame seeds are tiny, flat oval seeds with a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible crunch. Although sesame seeds are classified as seeds and not nuts, the proteins in sesame seeds may resemble proteins in certain nuts and may …

Are you keen to kick start 2014 with a great NEW and easy fundraiser for your setting? Look no further than NAQ Nutrition’s new children’s storybook. It is fun, innovative, promotes health and can fundraise for your setting at the …

Osteoporosis is a condition that leaves bones fragile and at higher risk of fracture than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more rapidly than the body can replace them resulting in a sparse, mesh-like …

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1300000625 We are writing to invite your ECEC service to participate in a survey for the new LEAPS (Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep) project that is being run by Queensland University of Technology, NAQ Nutrition and …

How will having a rainbow for dinner help Josh get his superpowers back? Local children in the Caboolture and Deception Bay area, north of Brisbane, can find out by joining free storytime sessions being led by Nutritionists from NAQ Nutrition. …

Does your menu provide children with the recommended number of serves from the 5 food groups each and every day? Is it consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Government guidelines Get Up & Grow? Food Foundations …

Through funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) program, free story time sessions are being held during January – March 2014 for local children in the Caboolture and Deception Bay area, north of …

Dietary fibre is found in the parts of plants that cannot be digested. Fibre plays a role in keeping the bowel healthy by aiding in the elimination of waste efficiently and regularly. Maintaining bowel health is important as it can …

WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK FOOD SMART SCHOOLS COMPETITIONS    As part of the Nutrition Week 2013 activities students were invited by NAQ Nutrition to take part in two “design” competitions. All schools that completed these activities to promote …

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