Healthier Catering

More and more consumers are looking for healthier options. So offering those healthier options makes sense for their health and for your business. You’re in a position to give your customers the chance to choose healthier food and you can do it without compromising on taste.

Guidance for caterers

The Guide to Healthier Menus for Children

Encouraging children to eat healthily at a young age will help them develop healthy eating patterns for life. Because a significant number of visits to catering establishments in Scotland include young children, this guide has been developed to help meet the demand for healthier menus for children ages 2-12 years old. It covers key areas where changes could be made to give children healthier options, such as including at least one portion of vegetables and/or fruit with each meal, and replacing sugar sweetened drinks with water or milk. If your business has a children’s menu or is considering developing one then this guide will help you make it easier for children to have healthier choices.

Healthier Catering Suggestions

We have created a series of healthier catering suggestion sheets to support businesses in making changes to their menus and catering practices to provide healthier options for their customers. The sheets are designed to provide practical guidance and advice that is easy to implement. Small catering businesses have a key role to play, so we invite them to adopt any of the suggestions that are right for their business. Suggestions range from grilling or baking instead of frying to making smaller portion size options available.

What is a healthy diet?

This means providing consumers with the correct ratio of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, protein and dairy. And it also means cutting down fat (especially saturated fat), salt and sugar.

Find out more about a healthy diet.

Nutrition in early years

Nutrition in early years is very important. If you provide food for children in any setting, you will find 'Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers' useful.

Healthyliving Award

The healthyliving award is a national award for the foodservice sector in Scotland. The award criteria are based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet. The award is open to most catering businesses and help and support is available free from the healthyliving award team at NHS Health Scotland http://www.healthylivingaward.co.uk/index