The nutritional information supplied on our recipes is based on theoretical data and cooked weight. Nutrient values may vary from those published and are based on the lower number of servings. They do not include extras such as optional bacon, or serving suggestions such as custard or ice cream, unless the amount is quantified, such as “1tbsp yogurt to serve”.
Health and nutrition claims
Our conditions for a healthy recipe meet specific criteria set by us. For example, a healthy main meal would contain less than 35% of an adult’s Reference Intake (RI) for calories and saturated fat, and less than 25% Reference Intake for salt. Recipes for side dishes, starters, drinks, and desserts all have their own nutritional targets and, where possible, are balanced dishes including each of the five food groups. Child-friendly recipes are based on the same criteria but using the Reference Intake of a 7-11 year old. At the other end of the scale, there are some naughtier recipes that may be more indulgent and higher in calories, salt or saturated fat. Please note that nutrition claims made on individual ingredients are based on EU health claim regulations unless otherwise specified. For information regarding quantities of nutrients per 100g where claims are made, please refer to ‘McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods 6th Edition’.
Specific targets are created for individual categories of recipes (such as special diets, light meals and so on) and where this is the case it will specify the different qualifying criteria.
Child specific recipes
Salt is something that we have to be extremely careful about when cooking for children, because too much salt in their diet can be especially harmful. For this reason we only season with a tiny pinch, which equates to 0.5g of salt, and we have published nutritional information based on this. In addition to this, where salty ingredients are used in children’s dishes, we try to avoid any added salt. The recipes do not state whether to use whole-fat dairy products. We leave that up to the cook to decide, but we recommend that semi-skimmed milk and fat-free yoghurt are used for children over the age of two, unless they’re underweight. For this reason, we have based our nutritional analysis on these lower-fat dairy options.