HOUSTON - When Houston Independent School District students return to class, they will see a greater variety of healthy food selections on their cafeteria's menu.
HISD has updated its menu as part of the United States Department of Agriculture's revised nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.
HISD's new menu offers students additional healthy items without impacting the cost of lunch for students.
"We are committed to serving our students healthy, nutritious meals," HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. "We have always set high nutrition standards for school meals. We support the USDA's updated meal requirements and will continue to promote healthy eating habits among our students."
This year's school menu features low- and non-fat dairy options, lean protein choices, a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, assorted whole grain products and 100 percent fruit juice with no sugar added.
Some of the changes include:
- Availability of more whole grains
- Increase in fruits and vegetables being offered
- Offering flavored milk in fat-free or skim varieties while unflavored or white milk will be offered as skim or 1 percent
- Decreasing the number of desserts offered to allow for an increase in higher nutrient foods
In addition to adding healthier menu items, HISD Food Services is serving locally-grown foods, offering new made-to-order fresh food, healthy fruit and vegetable stations, school gardens and increasing nutrition awareness in schools.
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