‘March’ Into a Great Day With School Breakfast. CNS Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Talks New Tasty Menu Choices.
It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that may be why there’s an entire National School Breakfast Week each March as part of National Nutrition Month. Child Nutrition Services has been cooking up a lot of great new ideas for morning meals.
Several new items are making their way onto the menu that are sure to satisfy hungry students this spring, especially during those lingering chilly mornings. The items are cooked early in the morning and are hot and ready for children visiting the cafeteria.
Among the new items are warm oatmeal flavored with cinnamon and cooked with diced apples and raisins to add sweetness and flavor, said Anna Lague, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Redwood City School District.
Scrambled eggs and a breakfast sandwich, made with egg and cheese, are also new arrivals.
Students can look forward to fresh-baked raisin muffin squares made with fruit and paired with a hard boiled egg coming in April.
Lague said that feedback and input from the District’s Menu Advisory Committee and other stakeholders, as well as student taste testers, has influenced many of the menu changes and additions.
“We have reduced items with added sugar, increased items that are made fresh in the school kitchens, and added more protein-rich entree choices,” she said.
Protein is an especially important component for growing students ready to take on a day of learning and fun.
“Protein is an important nutrient,” Lague said. “It provides us with amino acids which are the building blocks of life. We all need adequate protein to maintain and repair our bodies. And children need protein for growth.”
Some of the protein rich foods on the RCSD breakfast menu include eggs, yogurt, milk, and string cheese. Families can view the upcoming menu by visiting: