Serving the right snacks at school can actually improve nutrient intake and lead to smarter student choices.
The goal of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act is to improve overall child nutrition, and to advance the nutritional quality of all foods and beverages sold and served at school. The Smart Snacks in School rule focuses specifically on providing kids healthier food for the entire school day, not just at breakfast and lunch. And the rule’s oversight extends to any foods and beverages sold a la care in the cafeteria, at snack bars, in school stores and through vending machines.
The new standards require schools to serve snacks whose main ingredients are more whole grain, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein. The rule also places limits on the amounts of sugar, fat and sodium content in foods served at school.