With January marking a new year, now is the perfect time to promote healthful eating habits.
This message is being heard loud and clear in many schools throughout the country. Increasingly, schools are recognizing the importance of introducing more plant-based meal options and advocating for Meatless Monday or meatless Lean & Green Days, along with offering plant-strong entrée options every day of the week. Encouraging kids to choose more plant-based meals will have a beneficial impact on their health for a lifetime.
Before you start packing your child's lunch, you may want to check out your child's school lunch menu. You just might find items like the following ten delicious menu options schools are preparing and offering to students each week.
1. Fantastic Falafel Burger
Each year, students from various Sarasota County Schools in Florida are chosen to work with local chefs as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative to develop recipes that will be featured on the school menus later in the year. The recipes must meet cost parameters along with federal and state nutrition standards, all while including locally sourced produce items. This recipe was the brainchild of Chef Bryan Jacobs and the students at Gocio Elementary School.