Using our Traffic Light Food Guide it’s easy to make a well-informed healthy choice and create a well-balanced tasty lunch box. Why don't you get your children to sit down with you and have a go…
Our recommendation is that most of your choices should come from the Green category. However, items from the Orange section are okay too. Red items should really only be a once a week treat!
Each of our categories has a number of items for you to choose from. Although we have limited the Red items, we’ve not taken them away completely, after all - it’s still your choice!
(You can print our Traffic Light Food Guide and our Common Foods List to use at home too, learn more here.)
These are the most nutritious and healthiest items. These items are often eaten with little or no change from the way they naturally occur and can be eaten as part of every meal, every day.
Green foods are:
These foods make up our Green menu items:
While Orange items have some nutritional value, if consumed too often they can contribute to health problems. Eat Orange items as part of some meals, but not every meal.
Orange foods have
These foods make up our Orange menu items:
Red foods are full of energy but have little or no nutritional value. These are the troublemakers! They are hard for the body to digest and if eaten too often and in large amounts, contribute to poor health.
Red foods are:
These foods make up Red menu items:
The Traffic Light Food Guide is a guideline only and is not meant to replace nutritional advice sort from a qualified authority.
Reviewed & endorsed by Kate Syers, Dietician (NZ Registered), 2012.
Copyright; The Lunch Box Club, 2012.