| School lunches today are nothing like years past. We use low fat cheese, fat free salad dressings, fat free gravy mixes, whole grain breads and pasta, skim chocolate milk, 1% white milk, low sodium vegetables and proteins, along with many choices of fresh fruit and vegetables. The students have several entrée choices daily.
USDA has established practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.
The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day.
White Settlement ISD offers a wide variety of fresh fruit and light canned fruit. Some of the fresh fruit offered are: bananas, oranges, gala apples, granny smith apples, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, grapefruit, pears, grapes, watermelons, honeydew melons. Examples of some of the fresh vegetables are broccoli, celery sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, bell peppers, all salads are made with romaine lettuce (no Iceberg), cucumbers, fresh spinach. We prepare all food on site. Hot rolls are made at the school with 51% Whole wheat flour. Hamburger meat is cooked from 18% lean ground beef and cooked on site.
Our meals consist of:
2 oz meat/meat alternate
1.5 – 2 oz Whole Grain daily
¾- 1 cup of vegetable daily, during the week a red/orange veg; dark green; legume; starchy; other (green beans, celery, etc.), and additional must be offered
½ cup fruit daily (1 cup at High School)
8 oz 1% white or skim chocolate milk
The only beverages allowed to be sold at elementary level is milk, 100% juice, and water.
All snacks sold in schools must meet “Smart Snacks” regulations thru USDA. All grains must be whole grain, low calorie, low sugar, no trans-fat, etc.
Some of our snacks such as Scooby fruit snacks, Welchs fruit snacks, Pop Tarts, Graham Cracker items appear to be the same sold in stores but their ingredients are changed slightly to meet the Smart Snack requirements. The manufacturers created the same product but a different formula.
The fruit snack products have apple puree as the first ingredient, the ones they sale in the store are not equivalent to these.
The grahams are whole grain, low fat and low sugar, the same with pop tarts, Rice Krispy, and brownie. To view any of these and other labels please call the Child Nutrition office.
If you want to limit the days when your child may buy snacks let us know and we will add a restriction to their lunch account.
We are proud to serve your child and work hard to provide the best quality food.
Kathy Huey, R.D. MBA
Director of Child Nutrition