Food Services

The best school day starts with good nutrition, which is why our district provides an exceptional food services program. The food services staff takes pride in what they do, serving our students well-balanced meals that fuel the brain. A fueled brain means higher test scores—and we can all get on board with that!

Healthy Snacking

Check out these healthy snacking ideas to help increase the nutritional value of after-school refreshments without a lot of extra effort.

Prepare convenience packs of healthy snacks. Most often, children want what they can grab quickly. A bag of baby carrots or sliced apples in the refrigerator is an easy fix. You can offer low-fat dressing, yogurt, or peanut butter for their dipping pleasure. Small bags of pretzels make good alternatives to chips. Satisfy a sweet tooth with a fruit and yogurt parfait. Chocolate lovers can enjoy a cold glass of fat-free chocolate milk instead of a chocolate cookie or candy bar.

Save dinner leftovers. When making dinner, especially family favorites, intentionally cook for an extra person or two. A piece of grilled chicken chopped and tossed over a green salad makes for a delicious and nutritious snack. Even a small serving of last-night’s lasagna has a perfect balance of complex carbohydrates (whole-grain pasta) and protein (ricotta and mozzarella cheeses) can give your child an instant pick-me-up. Plus, it has the staying power to get him or her through after-school activities.

Does dinner have to wait until six o’clock? While you may not have as much flexibility when breakfast and lunch are served, you can swap the snack with dinner. If your child is on the brink of starvation when he comes through the door and an apple just isn’t going to cut it, serve dinner extra early, and have a lighter, much smaller meal later.

Raid the lunchbox. If you put an icepack in an insulated lunchbox, chances are the food your child was too busy to eat at school is still cold and fresh. Encourage your children to open their lunchboxes and enjoy all of the wonderfully nutritious things you packed only hours ago. 

Healthy snacking need not be labor intensive, but a little creativity and preparation will give your children the nutrients they need to boost brain power and the energy they need to master the playing field.

For additional nutrition tips and recipe ideas, explore the USDA My Plate website.

Food Services Staff

Teril Hattorff
Director of Food Services
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