Remember the food groups for healthy eating? These food groups, also called food components, are the basis for the USDA school meal patterns.
The five food components consist of: Fruit, Vegetables, Protein, Grains and Milk.
FRUIT – Fresh, canned in juice or light syrup, frozen or 100% fruit juice (portion controlled).
VEGETABLE – Red/orange vegetables, dark green vegetables and beans/legumes are featured and offered throughout the week. Salads, raw vegetables and other hot vegetables round out the vegetable choices daily.
Students are required to take ½ cup of a fruit or a vegetable on their lunch tray but may take up to one cup of vegetables and one cup of fruit. WE love to see our students eating their fruits and veggies!
PROTEIN - Protein is lean and portion controlled.
GRAIN – whole grains only. Brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain tortillas and whole wheat bread are standard fare on our menus.
MILK - fat free or 1% fat. A milk serving size is 8 ounces.