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"Kids will get six and a half more cups of fruits and vegetables than they did before," Vilsack said.
vegetables, you've got to have a minimum level of red or orange or yellow vegetables."
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The new rules mean kids will see more fruits and vegetables every day. Portions will be smaller. Only low fat or skim milk will be served. There will be a lot more whole grains. And schools will get more money an extra six cents a meal from the federal government.
But Congress in 2011 forbade the USDA from limiting servings of potatoes. The law also allows schools to count the tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that won't throw a monkey wrench into the new standards.
said that schools will be encouraged to serve baked or roasted potatoes instead of French fries. kids eat school lunches. Many of these kids get half their daily calories from these meals.
There are new standards for school breakfasts, too, although schools will be given time to phase in the breakfast recommendations.
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Offer a minimum of 8 to 10 ounces of whole grains. No more than two desserts a week may be used to meet this minimumOffer at least a half cup per week of dark green vegetablesOffer at least 3/4 cup red/orange vegetables for grades K 8, and at least 1 1/4 cups in grades 9 12Offer at least a half cup of beans or peasOffer at least a half cup of starchy vegetables. There is no limit on starchy vegetablesOffer at least a half cup of fruit in grades K 8 and at least 1 cup of fruit in grades 9 12Offer at least a half cup (grades K 8) or 3/4 cup (grades 9 12) of "other vegetables," which may be met with any of the above vegetables except for starchy vegetablesAllow tofu as a meat alternativeGet federal reimbursement only if they offer at least a half cup of a fruit or vegetableContain no fewer than 550 calories for grades K 5, 600 calories for grades 6 8, and 750 calories for grades 9 12Contain no more than 650 calories for grades K 5, 700 calories for grades 6 8, and 850 calories for grades 9 12Obtain less than 10% of total calories from saturated fatHave zero trans fatLimit salt according to grade levelOffer at least a cup of low fat or skim milkThese minimum requirements for vegetables and fruits are far lower than the recommended portions. For example, while the minimum vegetable requirement adds up to 3/4 of a cup for grades K 8, the recommended amount is 3 3/4 cups.
as a setting for today's announcement. That menu was:
The cost of the new standards is expected to be $3.2 billion over the next five years.
"OK, so congress left pizza a vegetable. But we are changing the game today," Ray said. "That [lunch] tray is going to have leafy greens and colorful fruit on it. If one of the other vegetables happens to be pizza or French fries in some schools that day, it doesn't negate the fact that on the tray there is going to be a goal, depending on grade level, of roughly 800 calories and it will include vegetables and fruits."
Although schools may phase in the new lunch recommendations over the coming year, Vilsack said that "several thousand schools" have already adopted the new school lunch plan.
"It was a bit unfortunate that some groups had powerful friends in Congress and basically tried to sort of short change [kids] and create some confusion with these standards," Vilsack said at a news conference. "Our response was to set up minimum requirements. You have to have a minimum level of dark green Prada Grey Wallet
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Celebrity chef Rachael Ray, who joined Vilsack in announcing the new standards, says the potato/pizza loopholes won't keep the new rules from making school lunches healthier.
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New School Lunch RulesToday's rules mean that school lunches must:
Ray said school cooks would be getting new training, and get a chance to participate in healthy, tasty, and attractive recipe competitions. To start things off, Ray created a lunch menu served at the elementary school that served Prada Bag Blush
Tacos with turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, Mexican brown rice, and whole grain flat breadBlack bean and corn saladMixed fresh fruitsLow fat or non fat milkThe new school lunch rules aren't the end of the program. In coming months, the USDA will set Miu Miu Vitello Ruched Top Handle Bag new rules for vending machines on school campuses.
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