10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans


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Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Registered dieticians plan all school meals at Fairfax County Public Schools to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The school system also plans to eliminate all trans fat from its lunch menus.

In addition to offering several vegetarian entrees each day, students also have a daily vegan option. Students can choose from fare like hummus, whole grain breadsticks, veggie burgers and salad. A daily selection of fresh fruits and vegetables with dip are also available to students. Nondairy beverages like soymilk are offered as well.

The school district strongly emphasizes nutrition education, highlighting the importance of healthy eating in newsletters and on its Web site in the form of a nutrition calculator. School menus also provide nutrition information on what's offered. Student tasting parties help introduce kids to new fruits and vegetables. Food service also offers classes and cooking programs for students.