Menu planning checklist

Student Nutrition Program (SNP) menus should meet the following requirements:

Menu requirements

All meals are made up of at least:

  • 1 vegetable or fruit, plus
  • 1 protein food, plus
  • 1 whole grain food

All snacks are made up of at least:

  • 1 vegetable or fruit, plus
  • 1 protein food

or

  • 1 whole grain food

All foods and beverages are found in the ‘serve’ category of the food and beverages choice tables

Foods and beverages found in the ‘do not serve’ category of the food and beverage choice tables items identified are not included

Items listed as minor ingredients in the food and beverage choice tables are used in small amounts

Drinking water is always available

Grab and go ideas

Vegetables & fruitsProtein foodsWhole grain foods
  • Cucumber slices
  • Baby carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Apple
  • Berries
  • Celery
  • Broccoli florets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Melon
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Oranges, clementines
  • Boiled eggs
  • Bean dips (for example, hummus, black bean, lentil)
  • Mixed seeds (for example, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds)
  • Milk
  • Fortified soy beverage
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese strings, cubed hard cheese
  • Canned fish, canned chicken (low sodium)
  • Whole grain or whole wheat bread, buns, bagels, rolls, English muffins, pitas, tortillas, bannock, naan, roti, chapatti, lavash, cereal
  • Whole grain crackers, breadsticks
  • Plain popcorn
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Whole grain muffins, scones
  • Grain-based bars

Follow the school’s anaphylaxis policy. Check food labels of these foods to make sure they fit in the ‘serve’ category of the food and beverage choice tables.

Grab and go meal menu

DayWeek 1

1

Apple
Cheese string
Grain-based bar

2

Baby carrots and mini cucumber
Hummus
Whole grain crackers

3

Peach
Milk
Cold cereal

4

Banana
Yogurt
Whole wheat bagel

5

Cherry tomatoes and celery sticks
Boiled egg
Brown rice cake

Grab and go snack menu

DayWeek 1

1

Snap peas, cucumber and bell pepper strips
Black bean dip

2

Baby carrots and celery sticks
Canned light tuna
Whole grain crackers

3

Banana
Yogurt

4

Orange
Grain-based bar

5

Cherry tomatoes and celery sticks
Boiled egg
Brown rice cake

Breakfast or morning meal menu

A meal is made up of at least one vegetable or fruit PLUS one protein food PLUS one whole grain food.

DayWeek 1Week 2Week 3

1

Apple slices
Cheese cubes
Banana muffin

Pear
Yogurt
Apple cinnamon muffin

Cantaloupe
Cottage cheese
Whole wheat pita

2

Orange wedges
Milk or fortified soy beverage
Whole grain cereal 

Broccoli
Egg muffin
(Eggs, low-fat milk, spinach, onion, red bell pepper, salt and pepper)
Whole grain crackers

Celery sticks
Quesadilla
(diced green peppers, onions, cheese, salsa, black beans)
Milk

3

Strawberries
Mixed seeds
(sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds)
Strawberry pancakes

Cherry tomatoes and baby carrots
Red lentil dhal
Whole wheat naan bread

Fruit salad
(grapes, honeydew melon, berries)
Milk
Oatmeal bannock

4

Veggie sticks
(broccoli, carrots, celery)
Hummus
Whole grain crackers

Raspberry-spinach twist smoothie
Whole grain toast 

Egg and veggie scramble
Whole wheat tortilla

5

Sliced avocado
Boiled egg
Whole wheat English muffin

Sliced cucumbers
Swiss cheese slice
Whole grain bagel 

Apple slices
Yogurt
Grain-based bar

Snack menu

A snack is made up of at least one vegetable or fruit PLUS either one whole grain OR protein food.

DayWeek 1Week 2

1

Sliced pears
Marble cheese cubes

Carrots and celery sticks
Bean dip

2

Guacamole
Whole wheat pita wedges

Orange wedges
Popcorn

3

Red bell pepper and cucumber slices
Boiled egg

Berries
Yogurt

4

Grapes
Grain-based bar

Spinach salad with grated carrot
Canned light tuna
Whole wheat crackers

5

Apple
Roasted chickpeas

Banana
Cottage cheese
Whole grain bagel

Lunch menu

A meal is made up of at least one vegetable or fruit PLUS one protein food PLUS one whole grain food.

DayWeek 1Week 2

1

Coleslaw
Mini pizza
(Whole wheat English muffin, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese)

Turkey chili
Whole wheat chapatti

2

Vegetable curry
Milk
Brown rice

Salad
(Baby spinach leaves, strawberries, red onion, balsamic vinaigrette, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper)
Tuna salad wrap

3

Broccoli and cauliflower trees
Mac n’ cheese with a veggie twist

Couscous with vegetables and chickpeas

4

Three sisters’ soup
Whole wheat bannock

Fruit salad
Egg muffin
(Eggs, low-fat milk, spinach, onion, red bell pepper, salt and pepper)
Whole grain bread

5

Carrot and celery sticks
Egg salad sandwiches

Tomato lentil stew
Whole wheat pita