Smart Snacks in Schools
USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day. Smart Snacks in School also support efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students.
Healthy Vending Choices
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Healthy Snacking and Weight Control
Avoiding extreme hunger increases the likelihood that you'll pick the healthy snack rather than raiding the doughnut box in the break room or overeating at meals.
Megan Mullin, a nutritionist at Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas, recommends that her clients eat small meals every three to five hours and that they resist the urge to overeat.
What Does Healthy Vending Mean?
Well, according to Michelle Obama's Smart Snacks in Schools legislation, nutrition standards for foods must meet the following guidelines:
• Be a “whole grain-rich” grain 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 ¼
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
° Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
• Sodium limits:
° Snack items: ≤ 230 mg**
° Entrée 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
*On July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria.
**On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤ 200 mg sodium per item
Smart Snacks in School: USDA’s “All Foods Sold in Schools” Standards
Nutrition Standards for Beverages
● All schools may sell:
• Plain water (with or without carbonation)
• Unflavored low fat milk
• Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice and
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners