A Closer Look at… Healthy Vending Options The Smart Snacks in School guidelines officially have gone into effect, meaning that vending machines in schools no longer can be filled with candy and snacks with a low-nutrition profile. Where do you begin in helping principals and others find new items to stock? Consider the Sensible Choice vending machine offered by Taher as one place to start. All items for sale in this line of the company’s vending machines must meet the requirements of Taher’s Sensible Choice guidelines. These guidelines dictate that commercial prepackaged snack or beverage items must meet certain nutritional standards, such as being free from trans fats and high-fructo se corn syrup, containing less than 360 mg of sodium and having no more than 35% sugar by weight. Note, however, that schools also will need to confirm that available products meet federal, state and local nutrition standards. According to Taher Regional Manager Sandy Schoenthaler, many of the items included as part of the Sensible Choice offerings, such as dried apple chips, have a reputation for outselling traditional candy bars. To learn more about the machines and products in the Sensible Choice line, contact Taher at www.taher.com or call (952) 945-0505. A Focus on Healthy Vending Top of the Muffin Wholegrain muffins from Sara Lee, a division of Hillshire Brands, make for a healthy vended treat with 8 g or more of whole grains per serving. Each 2-oz. muffin provides a 1-oz. grain equivalent and has 170 to 200 calories, with up to 2 grams of dietary fiber. The muffins are available in Blueberry, Banana and Double Chocolate flavors. The Double Chocolate variety recently has been reformulated. Call (800) 682-7272 or visit saraleefoodservice.com/k-12 to learn more. Sunny Days Sunny Delight Beverages Co. offers a variety of beverages to quench students’ thirst. Available products meeting federal requirements and Alliance for a Healthier Generation guidelines include Very Fine 100% juices featuring Apple, Orange, Grape, Fruit Punch, Twisted Cherry and Ruby Red Grapefruit flavors. Also choose among Fruit2O flavored water, Sparkling Fruit2O and SunnyD Orange Citrus Punch brands. For more information, visit www.sunnyd.com or call (800) 395-5849. Hip Chips Help students make healthy snack choices with the Whole Earth line of flavored multi-grain and corn snacks from Snak King. Inspired by “world cuisines,” available flavors for the K-12 school segment include Cheesy Cheese Puffs, Jalapeño Cheddar Puffs, Applewood Barbeque Pops, Zesty Ranch Waves, Sweet Cinnamon Waves and Original With Sea Salt Waves. The individually packaged products are available in different forms, including wavy chips, puffs, squiggles and popped crisps. To learn more, visit www.snakking.com or call (303) 565-9223. Puff It Up Beanitos, Inc., has developed a nutritious snack that should earn approval from parents and their kids. In addition to The Original Bean Chip™, the company offers the new Original Bean Puff™. Both the White Cheddar- and Hot Chili Lime-flavored Puffs are made from white beans and feature a healthy low-calorie count. Every 1-oz. serving, ideal for vending machines, includes 4 g of fiber and up to 5 g of protein, contains no preservatives or trans fats and is GMO- and cholesterol-free. To learn more about these snacks, visit www.beanitos.com. Squeeze, Please If you have vending machines that dispense frozen snack items, consider Luigi’s new Real Italian Ice Squeeze Tubes from J&J Snack Foods Corp. These 4-oz. tubes come in Cherry, Lemon, Mango and Strawberry flavors, all of which are gluten-free and contain 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin C. The products also are guaranteed to be naturally flavored and free of fat and cholesterol. For more details, go to www.jjsnackfoodservice.com or call (800) 989-9534, ext. 6140. Short Stacks for Snacks Does your school offer a morning breakfast break with alternate service locations like vending machines? Consider stocking Aunt Jemima® Mini Pancakes from Pinnacle Food Service. Each eight-pancake pouch is 51% whole grain. The mini pancakes, which are individually wrapped, come in Blueberry Blast or Cinnamon Roll varieties, are naturally sweetened and contain no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservatives. To learn more about these and other products in the Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast line, visit http://foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com or call (866) 816-7313. On the Horizon Decrease expenses and increase revenue with Horizon One Source Healthy Vending. The customizable vending machines allow school meal operations to offer both healthy a la carte items and reimbursable meals for students without requiring an attendant or cashier, helping to reduce long serving lines in the lunch room. They provide parental monitoring capabilities, and all connect to a central POS location. Visit www.horizonsoftware.com or call (800) 741-7100 to learn more. Honey Do Featuring real honey and 10 g of whole grains, Nabisco-brand Honey Maid Lil’ Squares available from Mondelez International offer 51% whole grain per 30 g serving. The individually packaged snack provides 2 g each of fiber and protein, but without the addition of high-fructose corn syrup. Each bag is sized to meet 1 grain requirement. Call (855) 202-3913 or visit http://fs-snacksdesserts.com for more information. Lucky Stars Join schools in 25 states that are using the Healthy Express vending machine by Star Food, a machine that dispenses reimbursable meals that adhere to federal requirements. It can be stocked with breakfast, lunch and snack items, is temperature-controlled and dispenses selections within 20 seconds. To learn more about the equipment, call (877) 857-3663 or visit www.starfoodhealthyexpress.com. That’s My Jam Kids can enjoy PB Jamwich® sandwiches from Advanceand Pierre Foods vended as a breakfast, lunch or afterschool snack. Each crustless sandwich provides 16 g of whole grains, providing 1 M/MA and 1 oz. equivalent grains. Choose among Strawberry, Grape or Banana flavors. Schools can use commodity peanut butter. AdvancePierre also offers its Graham Snacker™, a classic PB&J combo sandwiched between whole-grain graham wafers. Contact AdvancePierre for details by calling (800) 969-2747 or visiting www.advancepierre.com. Fly Like an Eagle Do your students love snacking on chips? Introduce them to Eagle® Popped Crisps from Kellogg’s. This chip alternative is made with whole-grain brown rice and meets federal requirements for schools, while also satisfying students’ cravings. The product is available in three flavors: Honey BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion and Original with Sea Salt. To learn more, call (877) 511-5777 or visit www.fafh.com. Smart Snacking In support of the new Smart Snacks in School standards, General Mills Foodservice has introduced new Nature Valley Crisps. Each single-serving 1.2-oz. bag contains three oat biscuits designed to provide a healthy and delicious treat for both breakfast and lunch, as well as snack programs. These treats are available in Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip flavors and meet 1-oz. equivalent grain requirements. For more information on these and other Nature Valley-brand snacks, visit www.generalmillsfoodservice.com or call (800) 243-5687. Bold ‘n’ Delicious If you’re looking for a 100% all-natural snack with no added preservatives, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup or GMOs, you’ll find it with Funley’s Delicious Super Crackers® Wholly Granolly® Clusters. The Super Crackers are offered in flavors such as Pizza n’ Stuff and Ranch n’ Stuff, and both use a superfood veggie as the base ingredient. The Wholly Granolly Clusters all offer 10-12 g of whole grains per serving. Go to www.funleys.com or call (310) 295-1902 to learn more.
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