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. Smart Snacks in School also supports efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students.
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Smart Snack Nutrition Standards
Nutrition Standards for Schools
Any food served at school must:
• Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
• Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
• Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
° Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
° Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
° Snack items: ≤ 200 mg Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
° Total fat: ≤35% of calories
° Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
° Trans fat: zero grams
° ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
Nutrition Standards for beverages
• Plain water (with or without carbonation)
• Unflavored low fat milk
• Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice and • 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
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