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snacks at school cafeteria

Answered on January 14, 2014
Created January 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Hi all,

My son goes to public elementary school. He takes lunch from home but he is tempted by snacks sold at the cafeteria. Here is the list of snacks sold in school:

Doritos, Pringles, Scooby Doo gummies, Fruit by the foot, Rice Krispies, and Switch (carbonated juice)

I want to address my concern to the authorities but before I do that I want to have a list of snacks I would recommend to sell instead. I know that selling snacks greatly helps school financially. So here is my question. What snacks you would recommend for my list. It will be great if snacks would be also appealing to kids, so they will buy it. (bright packaging?)..

Because of school regulations snacks cannot be high in saturated fat.

I know Costco sells trail mixes in individual pouches but they have M&Ms in then. May be it isn't too bad?

TJ's sells Omega Trek mix bag with little pouches . Dark chocolate little bars?

Any ideas will be very appreciated!

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on January 14, 2014
at 09:03 PM

Thank you guys for your inputs.

They have fruits in school and my son can take them in addition to his lunch, so this is not a problem here. Problem in schools trying to make some money and sell snacks kids will surely pay for. Snacks my son buys sometimes too. By the way. There are new regulations coming this fall and school's food services will be revising their lunch menus and snack selections. Sugar for example will be limited to 35% of weight in snacks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/school-cafeterias-vending-machines-trading-sugar-fat-for-more-healthful-fare/2013/09/26/87349b2c-20a4-11e3-a358-1144dee636dd_story.html

I think these changes give chance for parents make suggestions to the committees when they will be kinda open for this. I hope..

If you will be making your own list of good snacks for school you can use this calculator to see if your suggestion will pass new guidelines.

https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/wellness_categories/healthy_vending/find_products/?food_type=7#thickLine They limit calories too.

It looks like they have already some approved products (Search our Product Navigator). I still hope something could be done..

Thank you and good luck to you too!

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on January 14, 2014
at 08:22 PM

What about some fresh fruit? Apples, pears, bananas? Hard boiled eggs (I think you can buy them already peeled at Wholesale warehouses in bulk--but they have to be refrigerated).

REAL food is usually perishable (nuts and jerky are not), which makes it more difficult, I know, but what a much better example of healthy eating.

I'm tired of my daughter's school preaching good nutrition and telling us not to pack cookies, muffins, and sodas (not that I would) then they hand out free doughnuts to kids who earn points by getting good grades and reward classrooms with pizza parties and candy. Ahem!

Not to mention all the candy, cookie dough, and other stuff we're supposed to sell to raise money for the school!

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on January 14, 2014
at 12:23 AM

little packages of nuts would be good. i hate to say slim jims haha but i love beef sticks like that. also dried fruits in packets like apricots, raisins, prunes.

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on January 13, 2014
at 04:35 PM

Nuts. The protein from individual packets of unsalted cashews or almond will give your child more energy. I don't think they sell Paleo beef jerky in individual servings, but it might be a good option to look into.

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Ac3794d2c89d5c0877de01a8a7e18190

on January 13, 2014
at 03:50 PM

Hi all,

My son goes to public elementary school. He takes lunch from home but he is tempted by snacks sold at the cafeteria. Here is the list of snacks sold in school:

Scooby Doo fruit snack

Pringles

Doritos

Rice Krispies

Fruit by the foot

Peach cups- may this one is ok, I didn't check for added sugar

Switch - carbonated juice

I want to address my concern to the authorities but before that I want to have a list of snacks I would recommend to sell instead. I know that selling snacks greatly helps school financially. So here is my question. What snacks you would recommend for my list. It will be great if snacks would be also appealing to kids. (bright packaging)..

Because of school regulations snacks cannot be high in saturated fat.

I know Costco sells trail mixes in individual pouches but they have M&Ms in then. May be it isn't too bad?

TJ's sells Omega Trek mix bag with little pouches . Dark chocolate little bars?

Any ideas will be very appreciated!

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