After entering all of the foods and drinks that you provide, you will get instant results on screen, and a PDF report to download and save. Your report will contain feedback on where your menu is doing well, and provides recommendations for healthy changes.
What to enter in a FoodChecker long day care menu assessment
What to include
INCLUDE all foods and drinks that you provide at breakfast time.
Morning tea + Lunch + Afternoon tea
INCLUDE all foods that you provide at morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.
DO NOT INCLUDE any drinks that you serve at morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. Enter these in the ‘Drinks’ category instead.
INCLUDE all foods and drinks that you provide as a late snack.
INCLUDE all drinks that you provide with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Before you begin an assessment, we suggest you have the following information on hand:
Every recipe, food and drink provided on the menu, including each ingredient, and exact quantities. We recommend measuring weight in grams or kilograms, and measuring volume in teaspoon, tablespoon, millilitres or litres).
Enter a name for the menu (eg, “Summer Week 1”), and enter the number of children the menu caters for each day, then click START ASSESSMENT.
Click ADD ITEM.
Select the time of day it appears on the menu. A pop up box will appear.
Enter the recipe or item name, such as “chicken stir fry” or “apple slices”. (If asked, select which “Day of the week” it appears on the menu) NOTE: If your main lunch meal is vegetarian, you must select “Yes” when asked. NOTE: If your morning or afternoon tea is a baked item, you must select “Yes” when asked.
Start typing the first ingredient. A list of matching options will appear. Click on the option that best matches your ingredient. You can type a little or lot of the name. For example, “chick”, “chicken”, “thigh” or “chicken thigh”. NOTE: use generic item names only, not brand names. Eg, enter “wholemeal bread”, not “Tip Top wholemeal bread”.
Enter the amount and unit of measurement. For example for 500g type “500”, then select “Grams” from the list. For 6 apples type “6”, then select “Whole” from the list.
To add another ingredient, click ADD MORE INGREDIENTS and repeat the steps above. NOTE: Include all condiments, seasoning or finishes used in the recipe, including salt, sugar and oils/butter. TIP: Click SAVE TO RECIPE BANK to store this recipe/item for future menus.
Once you have entered all the ingredients, click ADD TO YOUR MEALS.
To add a saved recipe or common recipe
Click COMMON RECIPES or MY RECIPE BANK.
Search the list for the recipe you want, click ADD TO MENU.
A pop up box with the recipe will appear. You can edit the name, day, mealtime, ingredients and quantities.
Click ADD TO YOUR MEALS when finished.
To finish assessment
Continue adding foods and drinks until your menu is complete, then click SUBMIT FOR ASSESSMENT.
Answer a few more questions on the next page and click FINISH ASSESSMENT.
Your assessment report will appear on screen.
Click SAVE ASSESSMENT AS PDF to save a copy of this report, click save menu or save shopping list.
FoodChecker is a Victorian Government website that classifies foods and drinks according to Victorian Healthy Choices guidelines. These guidelines align to A Better Choice Food Classification Guide (PDF) for foods only, not drinks. Queensland Health is supporting Queensland HHSs to use FoodChecker until 31 December 2020.
Please note: FoodChecker should not be used by Queensland HHSs to assess drinks. Any drinks assessed on FoodChecker may not be classified correctly in line with A Better Choice Strategy.