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Guidelines for Food & Beverage Sales: Making Bake Sales Delicious and Nutritious

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Use healthier recipes


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  • Score homemade recipes using the Checklist.
  • Sell freshly made food and beverages to students that meet the Guidelines (score as Sell based on the Checklist).
  • Look for recipes that can include fruits and vegetables when they are in season (such as apples, berries, rhubarb and zucchini) for freshness and to support local BC food producers.
  • Keep portion sizes moderate. Cookies that are 6 cm in diameter or less, slices of loaves that are 2 cm thick or less and muffins that are the size of a tennis ball or smaller are more likely to meet the Guidelines.
  • Work with administrators, parents, teachers and students to promote healthier recipes using resources such as Bake Better Bites and Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking.

Use sensational substitutes*:

To Instead Of Try
Boost Fibre 1 cup white flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour plus 1/2 cup white flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed plus 3/4 cup white flour
Adding wheat bran or oatmeal to homemade bread
Use Less Fat 1/2 cup of fat (oil, margarine, or butter) 1/4 cup mashed fruit plus 1/4 cup of fat
1 cup of solid fat 3/4 cup ricotta cheese plus 1/4 cup solid fat
Whole milk Skim, 1% or evaporated skim milk, fortified unsweetened soy beverage
Cream Milk, low-fat evaporated milk or low fat sour cream
Use Less Sugar 1 cup sugar 2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar plus cinnamon, vanilla or almond extract to boost flavour
1 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup to 1 cup chopped nuts or chopped dried fruit
Icing or frosting Fresh chopped or pureed fruit and/or a dusting with powdered or icing sugar

*Based on "Sensational Substitutes" from Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods, pg 5.

Act to support healthy eating:

  • Ensure that everyone bringing food uses the Checklist so they meet the nutrition standards in the Guidelines.
  • Ensure that everyone bringing food understands how to be food safe and allergy aware at home.
  • Label all food sold with ingredient lists and nutrition information from recipes (when available).
  • Keep it simple and do not sell products at bake sales that require refrigeration, such as food with dairy or egg products in liquid form and meats.
  • Consider selling bottled water, fresh fruits & vegetables and other healthy snack options alongside baked goods at school events.
  • Include non-food items and prizes at events and physical activities/games that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Food for Thought

Meet the Guidelines with healthier recipe ingredients such as:

  • Dried fruit, fruit sauce with no added sugar or sweetener, grated vegetables or bran
  • Nuts and seeds (where there is no allergy limitation)
  • Oil or non-hydrogenated margarine as the fat source

Where Can We Find Out More?

Last updated: June 2014

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