Special Diets & Gluten-Free School Menus: How You Can Help

Special Diets & Gluten-Free School Menus: How You Can Help

Allergies and special diets have increased both the awareness of and need for allergen-specific and gluten-free school menus. Some of these allergies and intolerances can be very severe, with a wide range of symptoms: vomiting, stomach cramps, brain fog, mood swings,...
Highly Refined Soybean Oil Not Allergenic

Highly Refined Soybean Oil Not Allergenic

This article can be found here as part of the Soy Connection Newsletter. Posted with permission. The U.S. Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) mandates labeling of all ingredients derived from commonly allergenic foods. In the United States,...
New USDA Standards

New USDA Standards

USDA Announcement Provides Changes to Age Groups, Target 2 Sodium Standards and CACFP Standards for Meals. The USDA announced changes for the 2017-18 School Year to include the implementation of the Target 2 Sodium Standards for NSLP/SBP and changes to the CACFP...
USDA Updates CACFP Meal Patterns

USDA Updates CACFP Meal Patterns

On April 25, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service set forth new guidelines for the CACFP meal patterns for schools, going into effect October 1, 2017. Recently, the USDA issued a memo offering a transition period of one year for schools to adapt to the new...
School Foodservice: Improving Efficiency, One Cake at a Time

School Foodservice: Improving Efficiency, One Cake at a Time

After 22 years working in school foodservice and nutrition, I decided to start a consulting company in 2002. I had been conducting customer service training in school districts nationwide, designing dining rooms in my district and generally having a blast for 22 years...
School Lunch Menus, Money and the Environment

School Lunch Menus, Money and the Environment

A recent article highlighted the importance of efficient and effective school menu planning. This school district in California reinvented its school lunch program and not only increased the nutrition of its meals for students, but saved money and reduced its carbon...
Why Health-e Meal Planner?

Why Health-e Meal Planner?

Why Health-e Meal Planner? …because we believe that menu planning drives your business. When you get right down to it, your menu is sitting in the driver’s seat of your school foodservice program. Imagine your day without a menu! Your customers wouldn’t...
The Trouble With Grains

The Trouble With Grains

Banishing the #1 Challenge to Administrative Review Compliance Are you stressing over your upcoming administrative review? As a multi-state reviewer over the past 5 years, I’ve looked at hundreds of menus across the United States and they all seem to have one thing in...
What to Feed Kids Who Eat Gluten-Free

What to Feed Kids Who Eat Gluten-Free

When we think of making a menu that kids will like, we think of pizza, hamburgers, burritos, and pasta. We think of pancakes, waffles, muffins, and sweet rolls. We think of things common to the standard American diet. Unfortunately for someone who has Celiac disease,...

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