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March 27, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Minn. school showcases successful foodservice program
    School nutrition stakeholders recently visited a St. Paul, Minn., elementary school to get a firsthand look -- and taste -- of the district's successful foodservice program. The district debuts about 10 new recipes each year, all of which meet strict nutritional requirements and get approval from student focus groups. Food sampled during the visit included "smart cookies," coconut chicken, turkey hotdogs, brown rice and vegetables. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Conn. district tests made-from-scratch meals
    A Connecticut school district is testing a new school-meal program in which students are offered one hot and one cold meal -- both made from scratch -- daily. Previously, students were offered multiple options, with frozen vegetables and pre-made sauce. Officials say they are evaluating whether the extra time and cost is manageable. Greenwich Time (Conn.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 Fit Kids Do Better In School
According to Renee Porter, obesity clinical nurse coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado, "Studies have shown that kids who are more fit do better in schools." Smarter snacking leads to a healthier lifestyle. Snacks made with real fruit that kids love to eat make for smarter choices. Welch's® fruit snacks are made with real fruit and have 100% of DV Vitamin C. LEARN MORE.

  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Dietitian offers healthier ideas for filling the Easter basket
    Easter baskets can be packed with healthier treats by making some simple switches, such as using Rice Krispies Treats instead of Marshmallow Peeps, which are high in sugar and carbohydrates, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. Dark chocolate has less sugar and fat than lighter varieties, and real eggs are a healthier idea than cream eggs, Glassman writes. Nonfood items such as small toys or crafts also can create a fun Easter basket. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Increase vegetable consumption without bribery
Beans are an incredibly complex, nutrient-rich, and cost-effective vegetable that kids like. Four out of five kids give beans a thumbs up. Click here to discover kid-friendly recipes like our Cheesy Baked Bean & Sausage Potato Pie, view our line-up of low sodium products and find how the humble bean can make your menu better.
  Trends & Research 
  • Study: High-protein breakfast helps control hunger in young women
    Researchers at the University of Missouri found that overweight and obese young women who ate a high-protein breakfast felt less hungry and had reduced activity in the brain regions that regulate food motivation compared with those who ate an average-protein breakfast and those who skipped the meal. Those who ate a high-protein breakfast also showed lower levels of high-fat snacking at night, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • School-meal regulations present challenges for bakers
    Bakers may need to reconsider their serving sizes to comply with regulations on whole grains in school meals issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, bakers typically provide 28-gram servings, but a 32-gram serving would allow for 16 grams of grain and a whole serving -- in compliance with federal regulations. The topic was addressed during the New Requirements for School Programs presentation at the American Society of Baking's BakingTech 2013 in Chicago. (free registration) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA's new Little Big Fact Book available for purchase
    With increased media attention on foods served in schools, it is more critical than ever for stakeholders in school nutrition to understand this market segment. SNA's Little Big Fact Book features facts about the federal programs, USDA Foods, the school market and a variety of hot topics. It is designed to assist foodservice directors/managers, school administrators, foodservice brokers, marketing/sales teams, state/national legislators and the media understand the complex school nutrition business. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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