How do SA schools measure up to new food criteria?

Healthy choices in school cafeterias pass taste test

SAN ANTONIO – Schools and their students have been adjusting to the new federal standards for meals. The new regulations require schools to serve more grains, fruits and vegetables.

The entrees and produce change on a daily basis and are on a two-week rotation.

KSAT's David Sears visited Brennan High School on Tuesday and found healthy pasta and meatballs on the menu, with wheat bread. There was broccoli with low-fat cheese, tater tots and salads with low-fat dressing. The fruit included bananas and pineapple, apples and oranges.

"We've tried to make food available to students that they are going to want eat they are going to like, " said Brenda Guajardo, café manager at Brennan High School.

"It's pretty good. I like some stuff," said Annissa Sardelich, a Brennan senior.

Northside Independent School District has been making changes to their menu over the last several years.

"They made some improvements. I can say that a lot of improvements because, honestly, it was kind of gross my middle school years and then it got a lot better," said Nikee Moore, a Brennan senior and a drum major.

The price is good, too: a full meal, one entrée, two veggies, two fruits and a milk cost only $2.15.

It is more than just the food the students and faculty are eating.

"This is our learning laboratory for them to learn how to eat properly, get proper portion sizes and no have portion distortion," said Cynthia Barton, NSID dietitian.

There are also deserts, like brownies and cookies, along with low-fat chips and baked chips.

"I am perfectly fine and at then at the end of the day (I'm) not really hungry. (I'm) satisfied," Moore said.

"You're feeding your body and feeding your mind and that is what we are all about," Barton said.

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