We are super excited to let you know that voting has now opened for the Munch Food Awards 2016. Our Food Awards are your opportunity as a parent to have your say about some of the key issues relating to food and your kids. So go on, vote now Munch Food Awards 2016!

Voting opened Monday 7 November and will close on Friday 25 November. Please VOTE today we’d love to hear what you have to say. Your votes will decide who wins each of the MFA categories.

Tips for healthier childrens menu

Munch and the Heart Foundation’s Kid’s Choice Menu

Munch has teamed up with Heart Foundation and their  Kids’ Choice intitiative and the winner of this category will also be put forward to compete for the Supreme Award 2016,

We will be considering the Kids’ Choice criteria when evaluating the winner of the Best Kids Food Menu category this year. The top ten chosen by voting will have their menus assessed by the Kids’ Choice creator Asher Regan.

Kids’ Choice is a fabulous new initiative that aims to support and promote food services that provide healthier options to children. It works by allowing food services to use uor Kids’ Choice branding on their menus to highlight the healthier choices.

Tips for healthier childrens menu:

  • Where possible, offer adult meals in smaller portions for children.
  • Offer children’s meals at a competitive price (the smaller food cost margin on children’s meals can be made up for by their parents’ meals).
  • Be open to suggestions from parents and allow them to ask for menu modifications to meet their children’s dietary needs.
  • When children are dining in your establishment, ask them which foods they enjoy eating. Note down their answers and draw upon this list when designing your next children’s menu.
  • If you don’t often sell children’s meals, prepare meals in bulk and freeze them in portions. Many simple stews, meatball dishes and bakes can be easily re-heated without affecting the quality.
  • Use fresh whole foods, rather than pre-prepared processed foods.
  • Prepare your ingredients in ways that use minimal added fat, salt and sugar.
  • Make children’s meals bright and colourful.

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