Your Dining Experience Is More Than Great Food
Your dining experience is more than great food. It is a community experience centered on culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility. It’s also about education and helping you make informed food choices so you can achieve your personal health and wellness goals. Balance, Mind, Body and Soul is a holistic or integrated approach to wellness that considers the whole person. Throughout this site you will find information on basic nutrition, recipes, nutrition resources and more. Our team is committed to bringing you the best possible dining experience. Please let us know how we can further assist you.
Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
As you may have heard, for the first time in 15 years, the USDA has made significant changes to school meals in an effort to curb childhood obesity. These changes impact schools (k-12) that participate in the USDA child nutrition programs (National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs).
In December of 2010 the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act was passed into law. In January of 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final meal pattern requirements that are mandated by that law.
What does this mean for us? We want to provide you with the best possible healthy meal, so many of these new requirements are already in place. We offer a great selection of fruits and vegetables throughout the week. You have already seen low fat and no fat milk in our schools. You may know that all of our sandwiches are made using whole grain and whole wheat breads, and that we are serving brown rice and other whole grain items. Our menus have always been analyzed to make sure that we are in compliance with the Dietary Guidelines and USDA regulations.
Please see the following for more insight of what changes will be made:
Adding More Fiber In Your Diet
One of the main reasons we are hearing more about eating whole grains is because people are not consuming enough fiber. Fiber is important for two main reasons. Insoluble fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive system and helps to fill you up after a meal. Soluble fiber helps by lowering blood cholesterol, thus helping to prevent heart disease.
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Should I Snack?
The answer is, that depends. Snacking can be a part of a very healthy diet and it can be essential too. The average meal takes about 4 to 5 hours to digest, so if more than 5 hours will pass between meals, then planning a sensible snack makes sense to hold you over until your next meal. For some people they prefer to eat smaller meals more often. If this sounds like you, then you may need snacks to satisfy your appetite from one meal to another. The challenge with snacking is when it is mindless and excessive. Americans in general have a bad habit of mindless eating, which essentially means that we eat because its fun, its social, were bored, were distracted, and the list goes on.
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Naturally-Occurring vs Added Sugars
Sugar is often referred to as naturally-occurring or added. On food labels, both kinds of sugar are included in sugars listed on the Nutrition Facts panel. Naturally-occurring sugars are found in many foods. For example, dairy products, such as yogurt and milk, and fruit both healthy choices contain naturally-occurring sugars.
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