The face of school snacks is changing. With the new USDA Regulations healthful foods are replacing cookies and candy as the snacks available to kids. But how will this impact your school event? Let’s take a look…
School snacks must conform to the USDA guidelines, which include calorie limits, sugar caps, and nutrient requirements.
- Calorie Limits: All snacks, including extras like butter and cream cheese, must have no more than 200 calories per serving.
- Fat Ceilings: Fat must make up no more than 35% of the total calorie count, with saturated fat content at less than 10% and trans fat content at 0.
- Sugar Caps: Only 35% (or less) of the weight in any snack food may come from sugar.
- Nutrient Requirements: In order to meet the USDA’s guidelines, snacks must either be rich in whole grains, contain at least a quarter cup of fruit and/or vegetables, have a fruit, vegetable, protein food, or dairy product as the first ingredient, or contain 10% or more of the percent daily value of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D, or calcium.
Generally the standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events. Please let us know in advance if you require a USDA Smart Snack Compliant Menu
Danny’s Ice Cream is proud to offer the following items which meet the USDA Requirements.