Seasonal Nutrient Swap for Menu Planners

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FFLP Nutrient Swap booklet

The Food for Life Partnership calls on schools and caterers to adopt more seasonal menus and highlight inseason produce to pupils as part of their
food education. Changing menus with the seasons is vital if schools are to serve more in season, local produce, rather than simply securing year-round supplies of unknown provenance. And there is no better way to make healthy school meals exciting than using fruit and vegetables grown by the children at school, or from the local farm they have just visited.

This booklet offers a clear step-by-step guide to changing your menus with the seasons without significantly altering their nutrient content. It shows clearly how you can swap seasonal fruit, vegetables, meat and fish in and out of the menu with minimal impact on your compliance with the minimum nutrient standards for iron, folate, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, dietary fibre and protein.


The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.

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