You may have heard the expression "You
can't have your cake and eat it, too." Health experts
are telling us that you can have your cake and eat it, as
long as such foods are eaten sparingly and balanced with mealtime
selections that satisfy your nutrient needs. Such advice seems
welcome, unless your job title is school nutritionist. Imagine
that you were in this position. How would you make lunchtime
interesting while ensuring that the children--whose health
was entrusted to you--get all the vitamins, minerals, and
other key nutrients their growing bodies need?
nutritionists across the country have risen to the challenge
of planning lunch menus in which healthful staples are
intermixed with varied and exciting choices. See for yourself
by examining any or all of the first five Web sites shown
under Health Links. Then practice the job of nutritionist
by designing a lunch menu for a school in your own community.
Begin by clicking on the button that prints out your worksheet.
Then visit the last of the Web sites below and download
a copy of the U.S. government booklet Nutrition and Your
Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Use the information
in the booklet and ideas from the school lunch sites to
complete the worksheet.
Guidelines for Americans