Two New Publications Will Guide Healthy Eating Habits
Students, parents, and teachers will be able to start the school year off on the right foot with the release of two new PCRM nutrition publications: The Healthy School Meal Guide and the Spanish-language version of the Vegetarian Starter Kit.
The Healthy School Meal Guide is aimed at parents, food service professionals, and school faculty members who want to see healthier options in the school lunch line. The guide recommends that schools revise their menus to include a variety of healthy foods that will help meet national nutrition standards and comply with the local wellness policy. Serving plant-based foods will help schools meet nutrition recommendations, since vegetarian menu items are high in fiber and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
The guide contains lots of helpful advice, including a list of popular vegetarian menu items, such as veggie burgers and burritos, ideas on how to create healthier versions of favorite lunches, recipes, a sample menu for an entire school week, lists of vegetarian commodity foods, and lists of meat analog manufacturers. The guide also has resources for parents and teachers on how to reinforce healthy eating habits at home and in the classroom.
The Vegetarian Starter Kit is a free resource that contains advice on switching to a vegetarian diet, along with facts about calcium, protein, vitamins, and dairy products. The 16-page, full-color booklet is now available in Spanish, both online and in hard copy. PCRM will be handing out this booklet at outreach events and to the many health care providers who need health resources in Spanish.
“The Spanish Vegetarian Starter Kit is so important because minority populations suffer disproportionately from obesity and related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke,” said Dulcie Ward, R.D.