West Side High School Local Wellness Policy for Snacks and Parties
(Adapted from resources from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation)
All foods and beverages served and offered to students during the school day and during the extended school day meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. This includes foods and beverages advertised or promoted on school campus, snacks for family group or for class that are not part of a federally reimbursed child nutrition program, birthday parties, holiday parties, and other school-wide celebrations. We may have 2 days per year where we are able to make an exception to these guidelines; The Thanksgiving Banquet and Field Day. In addition, all food sold, served and offered to staff must follow the Alliance for a Healthier Generation criteria and must meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. This includes all food and beverages served at staff meetings and school events.
We want to be sure that our messaging around foods and beverages and healthy eating is consistent throughout our school building. Promoting healthy options during meal times while allowing foods high in calories, fat, sugar, and sodium at celebrations, sends conflicting messages. All the foods and beverages promoted at West Side High School must meet or exceed the USDA's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Celebrations can include healthy options, but holidays and birthdays can also take on a non-food focus and instead provide opportunities to enjoy music, dance, games, sports and other fun activities. As a community, we are creating new traditions to celebrate in healthy ways!
Students, staff, and families, please consider the healthy snack and beverage ideas provided here. Classes are encouraged to plan in advance what they will bring in for parties so they can make healthy choices. Please run plans for parties by the principal in advance. Other ideas for celebrations include: open gym time, volleyball games, and cooking in the student kitchen (requires supervision from Phys Ed teacher and/or Cooking Instructor).
Healthy Snack and Beverage Ideas:
● 100% fruit juice with no added sugar
● Fat-free or low fat milk
● Fruit smoothies (made with frozen fruit with no added sugar and fat-free or low fat yogurt)
● 100% fruit juice slushes with no added sugar
● Silly Water – add fruit and herbs to plain water for fruit-infused blend
● Fresh fruit – trays, salads or kabobs
● Fresh vegetables – trays, salads or kabobs
● Fat-free or low fat yogurt (alone or as dip for fruits or vegetables)
● Yogurt parfaits (fat-free or low fat yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal or granola as topping)
● Canned fruit or fruit cups (in water, 100% fruit juice or light syrup)
● Frozen fruit or fruit cups (in water, 100% fruit juice or light syrup)
● Frosty fruits – freeze your own fruit (frozen grapes make a great summer treat!)
● Dried fruit with no added sugar
● Nut or seed butter (serve with fruit or whole grain crackers)
● Nuts or seeds
● Trail mix made of nuts or seeds and dried fruit with no added sugar
● Low-fat cheeses (serve with fruit or whole grain crackers)
● Hummus (serve with vegetables or whole grain crackers)
● Small whole grain waffles or pancakes topped with fruit or nut or seed butter
● Whole grain pretzels (soft or crunchy)
● Low-fat or air-popped popcorn (no added butter or salt)
● Graham crackers
● Nut or seed butter and jelly sandwiches on whole grain bread
● Small whole grain bagels or English muffins with nut or seed butter or jelly
● Pizza (on whole grain crust with low fat cheese and lean protein or vegetable toppings)
● Roll-ups on whole grain tortillas (fill with a lean protein such as ham or turkey, low fat cheese,
● Fat-free or low fat pudding
● Bean quesadillas or burritos made with whole grain tortillas with salsa
● Whole grain cereal bars
● Baked whole grain tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip and whole grain crackers
● Baked chips (small portions)
West Side High School does not sell food or sugary beverages of any kind and we never sell food for fundraising purposes.
Is Your Snack a Smart Snack?
Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance Product Calculator for Smart Snacks! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your beverage, snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. CLICK HERE