National Healthy School Canteens

Participant’s Workbook

Using the Nutrition Panel Calculator : Part 1

Page last updated: 23 October 2013

1. Begin by going to the web address: Nutrition Panel Calculator

Click on the ‘Here’ link to enter the NPC website.

Screenshot to show Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

2. Read the Legal Agreement and Terms of Use. If you agree to the Terms of Use, click the ‘I agree’ button at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot to show Legal Agreement and Terms of Use. The next step in the Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.


3. Click on the link ‘Proceed to the Nutrition Panel Calculator’.

Screenshot to show the Nutritional Panel Calculator . This Screenshot is for example purposes.

4. You should begin in the ‘News’ screen. If you do not, click on the ‘News’ tab. Once the ‘News’ screen, press the link, ‘Start a New Recipe’, to go to the main screen, the ‘Recipe’ screen.

Screenshot showing the different Tab options available in the Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.


5. An example of the ‘Recipe’ screen is shown below. It can be divided into three sections (labelled a-c).

Screenshot to Receipe Tab in the Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

6. Begin by going to the ‘Ingredients’ tab (see below).

Screenshot showing Ingredients Tab in Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

7. Enter the first ingredient (dried fruit) into the search box and press ‘Search’.

Screenshot showing the search option in Ingredient Tab in the Nutrition Panel Calculator. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

8. A new screen will appear. Choose the appropriate type of ingredient. In this case, it is FRUIT, MIXED, DRIED. Double click on it.

Note: Foods on the NPC have been categorised as either 1 or 2, depending on their intended use. Category 1 foods are generally raw foods used as ingredients in recipes, whereas category 2 foods include finished products and meals.

It is recommended that category 1 foods be used wherever possible so that the recipe can be built ‘from scratch’ using the individual, raw ingredients. In the case of dried mixed fruit, there is no suitable category 1 food (as the food is already a ‘recipe’ because it is a combination of different dried fruits that have been mixed together), so we use the category 2 food.

Screenshot showing Food ID, Category, Food Name, etc in the Ingredients Tab. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

9. The main Ingredients screen will then reappear with the nutrient information for this ingredient. Enter the amount of the ingredient (dried fruit) the recipe calls for. In this case, the recipe calls for 1 cup of dried fruit. By referring to Table1 (page 48 of this workbook) under ‘Fruit, dried or glace’, it can be seen that 1 cup is equal to 180g of dried fruit.

Screenshot showing the search options available in the Ingredients Tab.This Screenshot is for example purposes.

10. Click on ‘Add Ingredient’. A pop-up will appear saying ‘Using Category 2 ingredients is not recommended as standard recipes may not accurately reflect your product’. Click ‘OK’ (as previously mentioned, mixed dried fruit is only available as a category 2 product).

Screenshot showing the search options available in the Ingredients Tab. This Screenshot is for example purposes.

The Nutrition Panel Calculator is being revised, please check the FSANZ website for the latest version.