School going kids require more attention in every aspects especially their diet plan and physical activities. Childhood obesity rate is climbing day-by-day therefore it is important to pay attention on the healthy diet of children. Wrong and unhealthy food items served in the cafeteria of schools can spoil the health of your child so it is your responsibility to cook healthy lunch items for your kids. Healthy food items cost more as compare to unhealthy food items therefore cafeterias of the schools opt for unhealthy food choices. It is the responsibility of administration to discourage unhealthy food items by providing healthy food items to kids. You can make this work easy with the use of well-planned school menu.
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School Breakfast Menu
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) sets some requirements for the breakfast meal of the schools to provide complete nutritional value to school kids. Breakfast meal items should provide protein, calcium, iron and vitamin to kids. They have advised to reduce 30 percent caloric contents from the breakfast meal. According to these requirements, the schools should offer fruit, juice, milk, eggs, meats and toasts in breakfast.
School Menu for Lunch
FDA states that the lunch should offer 33.3 percent of protein, calcium, vitamins, iron and proteins. You can include fresh fruits and vegetables to increase the choices for school kids. You can include baked meals, colorful vegetables, fruits and different other foods according to the nutritional requirements of kids.
School menu should offer different choices to students to develop healthy eating habits in the students. Include healthy choices such as vegetable and wheat sandwiches with turkey fillings. You can include Swiss cheese in the sandwich that is a lighter option. It is a best opportunity to include fresh vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, onion etc. These are healthy and fat free ingredients for the better health of children.Do not forget to include healthy desserts in the school menu to satisfy cravings of students without providing them unhealthy and fatty ingredients.
Disguised School Menu
It will be good to try some playful dishes to include in the school menu as these kinds of foods feature healthy ingredients in different ways. You can prepare turkey meatloaf in cake style and can serve it with ketchup filling made of raspberry and cauliflower. Banana coated with sugar free syrup will provide healthy substitute of unhealthy and fattening food items. You can prepare brownies without added fat, oil and eggs to provide a healthy substitute to kids.
Vegetable Muffins and Pasta Salad
Vegetables should be the part of children’s diet but they do not like to take vegetables therefore you have to try some creative tricks to make them eat vegetables. You can prepare vegetable muffins with sweet mixtures for a healthy addition in the diet of kids.
Children like to take colorful pasta salad so it is another way to trick kids to eat vegetables. You can use cheese, sale and pepper to add additional flavor in the pasta. It will be good to use colorful vegetables to add crunchy and colorful texture in the pasta salad. It will be a healthier lunch for the kids.