We want to let you know about some of the changes your child will see in our cafeteria this year. The new requirements include strict limits on the calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in school meals. We are meeting these nutrition standards by offering students a selection of low-fat and fat-free milk, larger portions of colorful fruits and vegetables, and a variety of whole grains and lean protein choices. All lunches include five meal components:
- a meat or meat alternate such as yogurt, lean beef, chicken or low-fat cheese;
- a grain such as whole-wheat bread or brown rice;
- a fresh or canned fruit selection;
- raw or cooked vegetables in a variety of colors; and
- low-fat or fat-free milk selections.
Each child must select at least three of these five components on their tray to make a meal, including a fruit or vegetable. The biggest change is that children must select a fruit or a vegetable with their lunch every day. Without a vegetable or fruit, students will be charged the a la carte price instead of the meal price.
Elementary and middle students may choose one fruit choice, 2 vegetable choices and one milk choice with each meal. High School students may choose two fruit choices, 2 vegetable choices, and one milk choice with each meal.
We will continue to work with local chefs to help develop delicious recipes for vegetable and whole grain dishes, and doing taste tests with students on new menu offerings. Our focus will be on dark green and orange vegetables and legumes, as these foods are prominent in the new regulations. We hope students try something new in their cafeteria at lunch, and we welcome suggestions and recipes for new menu choices.
Click on the Chef To School Recipes tab above to see some of our kid-tested and approved Chef recipes!