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Smart Snacks
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    Starting in the school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day are required to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, vending machines, and any other venues where food is sold to students.


    Nutrition Standards for Foods
  • Any food sold in schools must:
    - Be a "whole grain-rich" grain product; or
    - Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or      protein food; or 
  • -Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or      vegetable
  • Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
  • - Calorie limits:
  •    - Snack items: <200 calories
  •    - Entree items: <350 calories
  • - Sodium limits:
  •    - Snack items: <200 mg
  •    - Entree items: <480 mg
  • - Fat limits: 
  •    - Total fat: <35% of calories
  •    - Saturated fat: <10% of calories
  •    - Trans fat: zero grams
  • - Sugar limit:
  •    - <35% of weight from total sugars in foods

Nutrition Standards for Beverages:

All schools may sell:
- Plain water
- Unflavored low fat milk
- Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted      by NSLP/SBP
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without          carbonation), and no added sweeteners

Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion limit for plain water.

Beyond this, the standards allow additional "no calorie" and "lower-calorie" beverage options for high school students.
- No more than 20-ounce portions of
   - Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
   - Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to         contain <5 calories per fluid 8 ounces or <10 calories per 20 fluid       ounces
 - No more than 12-ounce portions of:
   - Beverages with <40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or < 60 calories         per 12 fluid ounces.

Other Requirements: 

- The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at                   fundraisers are not limited in any way under the standards.
- The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends,     and at off-campus fundraising events. 
- The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent                     fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. State
   agencies determine the frequency with which fundraising activities     take place that allow for the sale of food and beverage items that 
   do not meet the nutrition standards. Exempt Form

- Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing, and             butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food         item sold.
- This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium         added to foods by accompaniments, which can be significant.

Need to know whether or not a food item is Smart Snack Compliant? Use the Smart Snack Calculator. Click on the link below.