Next year is going to be the year of changes for many, including my son- he’ll be going to school all day, and having lunch at school for the first time. As many parents are, I am concerned that the meals and options offered to school children in cafeterias are more healthy than not. My son is the pickiest of my three children when it comes to eating. I worry most about him. My oldest actually prefers to bring her lunches with her to school most days, but I have a feeling my son will want to buy his lunch, at least in the beginning of the year. When I heard that Tyson has committed to provide nutritionally balanced school meals, and asked if I would share about this commitment with my readers, I was quick to agree to do so. Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the First Lady and signed by President Obama, USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will help us raise a healthier generation of children. I’m so glad there are changes being made to fuel at school!
When I think about what is healthy vs. what most school districts can afford to purchase for serving, I know that there is often a discord between what should be done and what can be done- due to budget issues. I’m very grateful that there are steps being taken by brands like Tyson to use whole grains and lower sodium to improve the nutritious value of foods but also keeping them at an affordable level. Having an all organic cafeteria with all fresh, healthy options would be the ideal but we don’t live in “ideal,” we live in the USA in 2013. There simply isn’t money to only serve fresh and organic meals in schools. So, like so many families, schools have to do the best they can with what they have. Period.
We already know that kids need fuel to get through the morning (and afternoon). When their bodies aren’t focused on being hungry, kids are better set to learn and be successful in school.
Tyson’s healthy school cafeteria food choices include the following:
Whole grain nuggets
Whole grain hamburger
Lighter better nugget
Hot’n’spicy grilled breast filet
- Chicken pepperoni
I can’t be happy enough that there have been some changes to reform school lunches to be healthier. I hope that parents can learn from this and mimic the standards in homes across the country as well, offering lots of fruits and veggies, lower fat milk options and whole grains.
What do you think about the new school lunch reforms?
This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.