Amber food and drinks
Amber food and drinks have some nutritional value and moderate amounts of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can contribute to excess energy intake when consumed in large amounts. Don’t let these foods and drinks dominate and avoid large serving sizes.
A maximum of 30% of all foods and drinks available should be Amber.
Examples of Amber food and drinks
- full fat dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurts and custards
- flavoured milk including artificially sweetened such as breakfast drinks, iced coffee and milkshakes, maximum serve size 500mls
- dried fruit, limit to 30g serve size
- fruit and vegetable juice (at least 99%), maximum serve size 300mls
- artificially sweetened soft drinks, maximum serve size 600ml
- artificially sweetened soft drinks, maximum serve size 600mls
- salads with creamy dressings, full fat mayonnaise or lots of oil
These foods need to be assessed against Resource 4: Red food and drink nutrient criteria:
- commercial fried rice
- hot noodle cups
- processed meats like silverside, ham and processed chicken meat
- some hot dogs, reduced-fat meat pies and reduced-fat sausage rolls
- some muffins and plain slices, scrolls or cakes.
The diagram below shows an example of how you might set up a pie warmer. Only 30% of the foods displayed in the warmer should have food from the Amber category.