Potatoes can still be part of healthy school lunch…
May 19, 2011
…just serve them with a helping of nutrition education!
Potatoes aren’t the only starchy vegetables in question. What about corn, peas, and lima beans? No matter what rules are set, we need to remember that all vegetables can be prepared in healthier and tasty ways, and kids need to have participation and ownership in any change to increase their acceptance of it.
I asked some of our other RD nutrition experts to weigh in:
“Potatoes SHOULD be part of a balanced diet. They are not high in fat or sugar. Excluding them sends the message that they are “bad” (good food vs. bad food). Prepare and serve them with less fat and added sugar. Focus on eating a variety of veggies rather than excluding a veggie.”
“Let’s not categorize foods as good or bad. Instead, eliminate (or limit) frying as a cooking method and provide a variety of vegetable choices in the school cafeteria for healthy balance.”
“Potatoes, like any food, can be part of a healthy diet…eat them in moderation, and fry them only once in awhile. They are a great source of vitamin C. The idea that they should be banned isn’t teaching children how to include them in a healthy lifestyle.”
- Potatoes on the Chopping Block in Schools (abcnews.go.com)
- 2 Best Ways to Comment on USDA Healthy School Lunch Rules (healthykidschallenge.wordpress.com)