Published: September 2, 2012
As kids are now back in school, some cafeterias have introduce revamped menus. The menus offer nutrient-rich flavored milk, and more whole grains, fruits and veggies, all in line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new school lunch regulations. All flavored milk will be fat free, and lower in calories and sugar than ever before. Despite these positive advances and the essential nutrients milk offers children, school milk consumption continues to decline for the third year in a row and kids are falling far short of the recommended servings of milk each day. Registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil says flavored milk is the most popular choice in school lunch rooms and students drink less milk when it is not offered. She adds it’s important that kids learn how to make food choices in the lunch room to develop skills that last a lifetime. O'Neil concludes by providing a variety of nutritious and delicious foods, it ensures lunch doesn't end up in the trash and flavored milk is a win-win on the lunch tray.