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One of the best ways to enjoy the most delicious (and inexpensive) vegetables is to buy them in their seasonal peak. This is when a vegetable’s flavor and appearance is at its absolute best! But besides the obvious summer squash and winter squash, how can you know when different veggies are in season? We’ve got you covered! Use the colorful chart above as your guide for buying and cooking vegetables each month.
This is such a great resource to print out and put on your fridge whenever you need some healthy inspiration. Download and print this free, handy graphic here.
Nutrition Standards for
USDA School Nutrition Programs
School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), administered by the USDA, released new meal and nutrition standards in January 2012 – the first major update in 15 years. This is good news for over 32 million children who will benefit from the requirements, which are designed to improve the health and nutrition of students while helping maintain a healthy weight. The changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by congress and championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Let’s Move! campaign.
The national focus on childhood obesity continues, and we are committed to continue offering more scratch-made recipes for students and reduce the number of processed foods that are served. Our Fall Cycle menu brings some new exciting recipes, with plenty of choices, which gives parents peace of mind that their student will find an entree they will enjoy, and allow us to introduce new recipes to students.
New USDA standards for the National School Lunch program are effective for all schools in the U.S. this fall and include more whole grain, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Read more