Heinz have released a new guide revealing how parents, teachers and schools can deliver nutritious and exciting meals to school children.

The guide, called Fit 4 Future, shows that under half (43%) of school children aged 6-16 ‘like’ their school lunches, 17% ‘love’ them and nearly one-third (32%) think they’re ‘OK’. Children are more interested in their food than ever before – they want to be kind, do good and look after our planet. And more than half (52%) of children would like their school to recycle more to help the planet.1

The research which features a Onepoll survey of 1,000 parents of children aged 6-16 in the UK, highlights that there’s room for improvement with 47% who want more menu options, 33% want better quality food, 25% want to try new tastes and flavours from around the world and 20% want more veggie and vegan menu options.

Claire Traynor, Head of Foodservice UK&I at Kraft Heinz says: “The guide underlines the opportunity to meet the needs of parents and school children and in line with the National Food Strategy, now is the time to create a food system that restores our health and the environment and ensures all children get the nutrition they need.”

“Heinz is committed to partnering with educational institutes in ongoing research and supporting their food health objectives. The Fit 4 Future research findings will help parents, teachers, and catering decision-makers in schools provide nutritionally balanced and healthy options for children’s school menu choices.”

The study reaffirms parents’ and schoolchildren’s love of Heinz No Added Sugar Beanz and is set to remain an integral part of a balanced school lunch menu.

Beanz proved a clear favourite among school kids and they’re keen for fun, new ways to eat them – on pizza, in toasties and sausage bakes.

Claire Traynor, Head of Foodservice UK&I at Kraft Heinz says: “We think it’s important to make sure schools have the right products in the right format and size so that pupils can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals every day. We’re proud to help schools serve up meals that kids love, whether it’s our No Added Sugar Beanz or Tomato Ketchup with 50% less sugar and salt.”

The Fit 4 Future guide features advice and top tips for schools, plus lots of great recipe ideas to eat healthy with Heinz.

Click here for the guide