Smart Snacks in School
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Monday, December 07, 2015

The healh of today's school environment continues to improve.  Students across the country are now offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

The Smart Sancks in School standards published by USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

SMART SNACK BROCHURE

Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in schools must:

* Be a whole grain rich product:or

* Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or

* Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or

* Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans(calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).

 

Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:

Calorie limits

Snack items: < 200 calories

Entree items: < 350 calories

Sodium limits

Snack items:

Entree items: < 480 mg

Fat limits

Total fat: <35% of calories

Saturated fat: < 10% of calories

Trans fat: zero grams

Sugar limit

< 35% of weight  from total sugars in foods

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL MEALS GO TO: http://www.fns.usda.gov/

 

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