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School lunches - meeting the new school nutrition guidelines

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 by Maggie LaBarbera

It is fast approaching school time and ensuring your child gets a healthy well balanced meal is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school.  There are numerous studies that show that children who eat a good breakfast and a healthy lunch will do better in school academically.  There are even studies that indicate that children are more cooperative, ready and willing to learn and have a better overall attitude when they get a proper nutrition.

It only makes sense.  The brain needs vitamins and minerals in order to function optimally, and that comes from  healthy meals.

Here is a reminder of the new nutrition guidelines for school breakfast and lunch programs.  They can also help guide you as well as you make breakfast for your children and make their lunches.

The key recommended changes in school meal nutrition requirements include:
  • An increase in the daily amount of fruit (with no more than 50 percent served in juice form).
  • Two servings of vegetables daily, which must include dark green and orange vegetables, legumes and fewer potatoes.
  • At least half of grains/breads served must be whole grain. I Non-fat (plain or flavored) and plain low-fat (1%) milk only.
  • Zero trans fat content and less than 10 percent of total calorie content in saturated fats.
  • Limits on meat portions with only two ounces of meat included at lunch and one ounce at breakfast.
For the first time, the guidelines also include both a maximum and minimum for calories.
Some related resources to help you get your child on a healthy start to the school year:

Healthy Kids Breakfast Article
How Important Is Eating Breakfast For A Child?

Back To School Kids Healthy Lunch Ideas Article
Quick and easy back to school healthy lunches for kids.

Kids Healthy Lunch Article
Healthy Eating At School - Lunch And The School’s Wellness Program

Eating Healthy Tips Article
Easy Healthy Tips For The Whole Family

Fruits and Veggies For Kids Article
How To Get Kids Eating More Fruits And Vegetables

Easy Steps to Promoting Kids Eating More Fruits and Vegetables





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