The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. What this means is that the kids you are working with to teach Cooking Matters will be looking at less energy-dense foods available to them in the schools. Some of the changes include peanuts or fruit cups instead of cookies, donuts or candies. The recommendations are drawn from research compiled by the Institute of Medicine.
This handout provides a great starting place for discussing energy-dense foods vs. nutrient-dense foods. Feel free to print and share with Cooking Matters for Kids classes!