• Healthful Food and Beverage Options for School Functions*

     

    6:50-E1 Exhibit - Attachment A

    At any school function (parties, celebrations, meetings, etc.) healthful food options should be made available to promote student, staff and community wellness. Examples of nutritious foods and beverages that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are listed below.

    • Raw vegetable sticks/slices with low-fat dressing or yogurt dip
    • Fresh fruit wedges – such as cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon, pineapple, & oranges
    • Sliced fruit – such as nectarines, peaches, kiwi, star fruit, plums, pears, mangos, & apples
    • Fruit salad
    • Cereal and low-fat milk
    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
    • Frozen fruit pops with fruit juice or fruit as the first ingredient
    • Dried fruits – raisins, cranberries, apples, apricots
    • Single serving applesauce or canned fruit in juice
    • Peanut (or nut alternative) butter with apple wedges or celery sticks
    • Fruit smoothies made with fat-free or low-fat milk/yogurt
    • Trail mix (dried fruits and nuts)
    • Dry roasted peanuts, tree nuts and soy nuts (not coconut or palm nuts)
    • Lean meats and reduced fat cheese sandwiches (use light or reduced fat mayonnaise)
    • Pretzels (no salt) or reduced fat crackers
    • Baked chips with salsa or low-fat dip (Ranch, onion, bean, etc.)
    • Low-fat muffins (small or mini), granola bars and cookies (graham crackers, fig bars)
    • Mini bagels with light cream cheese
    • Pasta salad
    • Bread sticks with marinara
    • Fat-free or low-fat flavored yogurt & fruit parfaits
    • Fat-free or low-fat pudding cups
    • Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (string cheese, single-serving cottage cheese)
    • Flavored soy milk fortified with calcium
    • Pure ice cold water
    • 100 Calorie Snack packages

    *This list is not all inclusive and is meant only to provide parents and school staff with guidance for healthier food and beverage choices. Not all food and beverage items on this list will necessarily meet district nutrient standards (Attachment A) as items vary in sugar, fat and calorie content from brand to brand. However, all of the items in the list are believed to be consistent with the intent of the wellness policy to promote student health and reduce childhood overweight. Some foods and beverage items on this list may cause allergic reactions in your child’s class. Please check with teachers prior to bringing in snacks for a whole class.

    Foods that are restricted include foods which provides less than 5% of the Reference Daily intakes (RDI) for each of 8 specified nutrients (protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium, and iron) per serving

    Examples of products that cannot be sold / served include: soda water, water ices, chewing gum, certain candies, hard candy, jellies and gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy coated popcorn.

    Recommendations for Non-Food Celebrations:

    • Games or crafts
    • Dance party
    • Glow party
    • Extra recess or playtime
    • Special books
    • Guest readers
    • Activity time
    • Stuffed animal
    • Themed scavenger hunt
    • Treasure chest stocked with non-food items
    • Allow birthday child to wear a special ribbon sash, or crown
    • Birthday children announced over intercom
    • Teacher helper for the day
    • Special pencils/erasers, school supplies
    • Homework pass

    Non-Food Fundraising Ideas:

    • Raffle
    • Candles
    • Book sale
    • Car wash
    • Walk-a-thon
    • Student artwork
    • Stuffed animals
    • Stadium pillows
    • Educational games
    • Holiday decorations
    • Shopping donation programs
    • School mascot temporary tattoos
    • Growing and/or selling flowers
    • Faculty and/or student talent show
    • Auction of donated goods and services
    • Balloon bouquets for special occasions
    • Refillable water bottles with school logo
    • Glow in the dark novelties
    • Greeting cards, especially those designed by students
    • Sale of flowers and balloons for student graduations
    • School spirit items

    DATED: March 19, 2018; June 10, 2019