Intermediate/Middle School Lunch Choice April 16, 2013
What is Your Child Being Served?
School lunches have changed over the years, but most dramatically in the past two years. Every school day Candler County School Nutrition provides meals that meet the Healthy Hungry Free Child Act of 2010 requirements. On any given day there are fresh fruit and/or vegetable choices along with a choice of two entrees.
Each week children are provided red/orange vegetables, dark green vegetables, dried legumes and whole grains. How have these changes impacted the menus? Brown rice has replaced white rice. A variety of dried legumes are served such as pinto, red and black beans. New red/orange vegetables such as baked acorn squash and butternut squash are served weekly along with traditional carrots and tomatoes. Salads now include at least ¼ cup dark green romaine or spinach.
Our school nutrition staff is learning to prepare foods such as the winter squash and a variety of dried legumes. Traditionally prepared yeast rolls are now made with whole wheat flour. Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, blueberries, plums, peaches, and blackberries to name a few are now served along with the traditional apples and bananas.
Even the milk has changed. Long gone is whole milk. Now students receive a choice of 1% white and fat free white or chocolate. Industry is changing right along with our menu guidelines. Chocolate milk which once had high amounts of sugar and fat is now just 10 calories more than 1% milk and has 0 grams of fat.
If you have a recipe that you think would be great served in our cafeteria please share it with Kathy Hood, school nutrition director. We are always looking for new and better recipes to prepare for our children. Check out the changes. Join your child for lunch one day to see and taste for yourself.
We are dedicated to providing nutritious meals for all the students of Candler County School System. Please excuse us as we are currently developing our web page.
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