School Lunch Getting More Veggie

School Lunch Getting More Veggie

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School Lunch Getting More Veggie

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By Cari Martens

The growing vegetarian/lower-fat food trend is beginning to trickle down from the college level to high school and elementary schools. And the kids don’t seem to mind.

Lunch ladies will be serving up fewer burgers and fries, and more pizzas made with whole grain crust and topped with low-fat cheese. Students’ trays will tote more turkey products and pimento cheese salads. Fewer fried foods, more fresh selections.

It’s all part of an ongoing effort by school nutrition professionals to educate children about making good food choices, including an emphasis on introducing kids to vegetarianism. A new nationwide survey by the School Nutrition Association says nearly two thirds of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian fare for lunch on a regular basis—a 40 percent increase since 2003.

Other better-for-you fare expected to see increases in the school menu rotation this school year include—
â‹… Vegetable burritos
â‹… Veggie-topped pizza
â‹… Peach cobbler
â‹… Blueberry muffins
â‹… Stir-fry dishes
â‹… Pasta and rice dishes
â‹… Egg salad

For more on back-to-school food trends, click here.

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