Seattle schools working to make better lunch choices

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 2:48 PM

We’re stuck thinking perhaps that the “lunch lady” we knew back in the 1980s is still around. Seattle Public Schools have re-vamped their lunch program and are working hard on partnering with families to provide great choices. No more mystery meat and Twinkies, it turns out.

What you want in a lunch
 

  • Proper portion sizes
  • Half the plate filled with fruit & veggies
  • Whole grain, lean protein, water or non-fat dairy
  • Enough time to eat

Seattle Public Schools lunch
 

  • Serves 18,000 students lunch
  • Breakfast at all schools
  • Fresh new menus across district
  • Portion control, mandatory veggies / fruit serving
  • Kids making choices

Independent school lunch changes

  • Locally sourced family-style meals
  • Water only
  • Extra servings of veggies and fruits
  • Recipe-cooked meals
  • Reduce-waste lunch programs

Links:

Half and half – tips on filling your shopping cart from Seattle Mama Doc:

Free and reduced-price meals from Seattle Public Schools

Nutrition info of Seattle Public School lunches

 

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