10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans


Montgomery Public Schools, Maryland

Schoolmates finish up lunch.
Schoolmates finish up lunch.
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This Maryland school district encourages students to make the right choices by offering a wide variety of healthy foods.

The school offers no less than four low-fat vegetable side dishes each day, as well as low-fat salad dressings and baby carrots. Students can choose from several healthy vegetarian options each day, like black bean burgers or "chik'n" nuggets. The district worked closely with the United Soybean Board to incorporate these vegetable-based protein items into their menu. Nondairy beverages are also available.

Like many of the other schools on this list, nutrition information appears in the district's monthly newsletter. Food services offer cooking classes and survey students at all levels on their eating habits and preferences.