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:
Snack items: < 200 calories
Entree items: < 350 calories
Entree items: < 480 mg
Total fat: <35% of calories
Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
Trans fat: zero grams
< 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL MEALS GO TO: http://www.fns.usda.gov/