Limit 'Sometimes' Foods

Limiting 'Sometimes' Foods is about helping  children to limit intake of food and drinks high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt.

'Sometimes' foods include chocolate and confectionary, sweet biscuits, cakes, ice creams, chips, fried foods, pastries and take-away foods. 'Sometimes' drinks include soft drinks, fruit drinks, cordial, sports drinks, flavoured milk, flavoured mineral water, energy drinks and fruit juice.

Less 'Sometimes' foods means children fill up on nutritious foods and drinks required for growth and lifelong health.


If you're involved in fundraising for your school or early childhood service, plan your fundraising to back-up, not undo, health messages for children.


Information and Ideas:

Children aged 0-5 years:

Drinking water for babies

Drinks for children over 12 months

Lunchbox snack ideas

Healthy family cooking

Food pouches

Mouth care for babies and young children


Children aged 5-12 years:

Bring a Healthy Plate - ideas for healthy food to take to school celebrations and events


Children of all ages:

Lunchbox ideas 1 Lunchbox ideas 2 Lunchbox ideas 3 Need some lunch box or snack ideas? Try one of these!

Tips for a rubbish-free lunch

Family pantry essentials

How much sugar are you drinking?

'Swap It' Ideas for snacks

Top alternatives to chips

Super snack recipes


Food label reading tools

Food labels

Foodswitch - a smartphone app that can be downloaded free from Android Google Play or Apple App Store.

Find out about this very useful tool to identify 'sometimes' foods quickly while you are shopping. Sometimes foods are those high in salt, sugar and saturated fats. The tool uses colour coding to identify healthy options.

FoodSwitch is a smartphone application launched by the Food Policy group at the George Institute for Global Health, Australia. It has been launched in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.



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