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Did you hear?  SFAs may now offer vegetables from any of the subgroups, even starchy vegetables, in place of fruit.

With a recent policy update upon us, we want to highlight some of the key elements and discuss how to incorporate these elements into SBPs.

Here are the take away from this policy update that is effective through September 30th, 2019:

  • Effective immediately, SFAs participating in the School Breakfast Program may credit any vegetables offered in place of fruit
  • Offer potatoes and other starchy without the need to include vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menus
  • Must continue offering 1 cup of fruit or vegetable daily at breakfast in all age/grade groups.
  • Vegetables are not required, however, may be substituted for all or part of the fruit requirement.
  • If you were already in compliance with your menu, no menu changes need to be made to remain in compliance. 

Why offer a fruit and vegetable variety at breakfast?

As we all know, breakfast is labeled the most important meal of the day. As shared in the research article by the national nonprofit organization FRAC (Food Research & Action Center), breakfast has numerous benefits:

  • Improves children’s dietary intake
  • Improves student academic performance and behavior
  • Decreases the risk of food insecurity
  • Protects against childhood obesity

Fruits and vegetables are a great choice at breakfast because they offer a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and, phytonutrients.  With so many different types of fruits and vegetables, don’t stop at offering just one type.  Get creative and offer a rainbow of color! By offering a variety, students have a complete range to choose from, which can help them achieve their vitamin and mineral needs.

Now onto the fun, but hard part… how to incorporate more veggies into breakfast

As a side

  • Breakfast salad – You’re thinking a salad for breakfast, really? Absolutely! Leafy greens or avocado can be mixed with fruit for a delicious citrus salad. In addition, sweet potatoes, peas, and asparagus also pair well in salads.
  • Hash it up – Yes, potatoes can easily be offered at breakfast now, but don’t stop there! Who said a potato hash can’t include other vegetables? Don’t be afraid to add other nutritious vegetables like peppers, zucchini, kale, or beets to the hash for some variety.

Mixed with an entree

  • Mini frittatas- Frittatas can be easily baked in muffin tins and packed with veggies. Throw in vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, onions, and pepper to make an appetizing meal.
  • Pack some veggies into a breakfast sandwich, burrito or pizza.  Tomato slices, avocado, spinach, and kale are all tasty additions.

Here’s an easy and kid-friendly breakfast dish with veggies!

Vegetable Frittata- USDA Recipe

NSLP/SBP Crediting Information: One frittata muffin provides 1/8 cup additional vegetable.

Click here for the full recipe.

 
 



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