Charity creates free downloadable recipes to boost folate and calcium in school meals

24/12/2012 - 07:46
School cooks are being urged to do their bit to help make sure children have strong bones, teeth and energy levels at school with the help of two new recipe books.

The books – launched by the Children’s Food Trust – are focused on getting more folate and calcium into children’s meals at school.

It comes after national dietary surveys showing that many 11-18 year olds don’t have enough of either nutrient in their diet – leaving them at risk of rickets in childhood, brittle bones later in life and anaemia.

The charity’s nutritionist Laura Sharp said: “Cooks have told us that it can be tough to get enough calcium and folate into menus, so these books provide lots of recipes and tips.

"All of the recipes have been tried and tested in schools so we know they’re popular with pupils. And they’re a great source of inspiration for parents wanting ideas to use at home.”

The books are part of the charity’s ‘Recipes for Success’ series, a collection of recipe books for school cooks and available to download for free on the Trust’s website: www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/resources/recipes-for-success

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