What’s In/What’s Out: Healthy School Snacks

You’ve heard the saying, “They’re like a kid in a candy store.” Well, that candy store may no longer be open to children during the school day. With new standards advocating for smarter and healthier snacks the school snack line is about to get a drastic makeover.

School is a place for learning. And now school is a place for learning better eating habits thanks to a new standard for healthier school snacks.

The U.S. government is proposing a new set of standards to the food sold in schools. The aim of this is to make sure all food sold in school is healthful. Foods sold in school s will be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Snacks will have to be less than 200 calories and have nutritional value. This means, kids won’t be able to snack on empty calories when they want a snack. And hopefully that means kids will start learning early on how to make smart choices when it comes to what they eat.

This new standard will apply to “a la carte” lines, vending machines, snack stands and other foods sold in school during the school day. There is already a set of rules that applies to the lunch line to make that healthier as well. The new standards wont effect bake sales, fundraisers, after-school concessions, class parties or what children bring from home.

The new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is all about helping kids have better nutritional habits by cutting out the not so great food choices offered in schools today. By taking away the unhealthy food choices, children are forced to make better choices.

Here is what’s in and what’s out for school snacks:
Out
Candy
Snack Chocolates
Most cookies
Most ice cream
Deep-fried food
Greasy Pizza
High-calorie soda
High-calorie sports drinks

In
Light popcorn
Granola Bars
Trail mix
Dried Fruit
Yogurt
Whole Grain Pizzas
100-percent Juice Drinks
Flavored Water
Diet drinks (only in high schools)

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