Nutritionists pack lunches for their children that offer lean protein, low-fat dairy, plenty of fruit and vegetable options, and a treat. Registered dietitian Kit Broihier says she includes ingredients for a wrap, such as turkey, lettuce, tomato and a tortilla, so her daughter can make it herself, while RD Ilaria St. Florian says she tries to strike a balance between healthy foods and foods she knows her children will eat.
School nutrition professionals at one Minnesota school have become a model for preserving and freezing locally grown food. Since 2010, nutrition professionals have worked each summer to harvest vegetables from the school garden, which they later chop, pickle and freeze. The process allows the school to serve locally grown food over the winter, but some point out that the process is difficult and could benefit from a business partnership.
School-nutrition professionals in Madison, Wis., are working to improve the nutrition of meals despite outdated facilities and other challenges. An important step, officials say, is a donation that allowed schools to install salad bars. District foodservices director Steve Youngbauer said students are more likely to find vegetables they like to eat when they are given the selection offered in a salad bar.
A diet rich in carotenoids appears to impart a golden color to the skin that research participants deemed healthy and attractive. Carotenoids are found in leafy greens, root vegetables and certain fruits, and the lead researcher said, "If you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun."