Kids Real Food Solutions

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Schools across the country are implementing new USDA regulations with real food solutions. All junk food sales on campus grounds are banned. The snacks sold in cafeterias and in vending machines are now restricted to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products that contain less than 200 calories per package. Trans-fats are banned on school campuses and items may not contain more than 35% sugar or fat. The only beverages allowed are water, low-fat milk, and 100% fruit and vegetable juices. These healthy ingredients are being used to educate students about nutrition. The ongoing nationwide effort to improve school lunches is affecting the way families eat at home as well. Some schools and summer camps take field trips to the grocery store to teach kids about healthy foods and get goodie bags with coupons for healthy items to take home. Many parents are now looking for whole grains, organic dairy and protein sources, and whole fruits and veggies found in local sustainable organic farms and backyard gardens. Parents today want to know where their food comes from and what is in it. A child eating a well balanced meal with wholesome ingredients gets the brain power needed to succeed in school. Doctors agree eating many small portioned balanced meals with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies every day is the way to good health. Our Conejo Valley Unified School District is advancing the Farm to School program with new salad bars at two local high schools donated by Hollandia Produce. CVUSD Child Nutritionist Sandy Curwood says “buying seasonal, locally grown produce ensures the freshest, most flavorful fruits and vegetables for salad bars”, where students eat better and learn about their food from the farmers that grow it.

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