Pizza for All! Students with celiac disease can still enjoy a cafeteria favorite, thanks to Udi’s Gluten-Free Take-and-Bake Pizza. Each pizza comes in fully sealed, bake-in-film packaging, helping guard against cross contamination. Pizzas are available in Three-Cheese and Pepperoni, and each contain approximately 16 g of protein. Call (888) 657-1685 for more details, or check out http://foodservice.boulder brands.com. Slam Dunk Try out new breakfast options this school year, with The Father’s Table Dunker Bars, developed specifically for the K-12 school segment. Available in Lemon Chip Crunch, Cherry Apple Crunch or Triple Berry Crunch, each 2.25-oz. bar provides two whole grains per serving, with no artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats. Whether dunked in milk or eaten alone, each bar is a sweet, flavorful addition to breakfast or Smart Snack selections. The company donates 50% of its profits to charity. Visit www.thefatherstable.com or call (407) 324-1200 for more information. H2-Oh! Soda may be a no-go when it comes to healthy habits, but Sparkling ICE can offer customers the carbonation they crave without harmful additives or sugars. Each beverage is calorie-free and contains spring water with natural flavoring, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants. Choose from a wide variety of flavors, including Pomegranate Blueberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Orange Mango, Crisp Apple or new Sparkling ICE Lemonade. Browse www.spark lingice.com or call (800) 734-0748 to learn more. Sweet ’n Salty Sweet potatoes have been finding their way into cafeterias as a healthier alternative to traditional potato options and offering operators a red/orange vegetable option their students embrace. LambWeston makes your job even easier with Reduced Sodium Sweet Things Sweet Potato Puffs. Similar in shape and style to tater tots, these puffs have less sodium than tots and are an excellent source of vitamin A. Add Puffs to breakfast burritos in lieu of hash browns or serve 50/50 with standard tater tots as a slightly sweet and savory side. They also can be served a la carte within Smart Snack regulations. Visit www.lambweston.com or call (800) 766-7783. Ay, Caramba! Burritos from El Monterey (an extension of Ruiz Foods) provide a simple but flavorful solution to liven up lunch menus. Available in Beef and Bean or Bean and Cheese (a viable vegetarian option), these burritos come individually wrapped in dual ovenable film or and can be purchased in bulk. Each provides a 2-oz. meat/meat alternate per serving, as well as two grain components. Learn more at www.elmonterey.com or call (800) 477-6474. Salt-free for Me! Most school nutrition operations are exploring lowersodium seasoning options to meet federal regulations. The McCormick For Chefs division of McCormick & Company offers its Perfect Pinch® salt-free seasoning blend product line for foodservice professionals. Three new flavors in the line— Signature Seasoning Blend, Zesty Pepper Seasoning Blend and Garlic & Herb Seasoning—are made from high-quality ingredients. Each is salt-free, kosher and does not contain added MSG. For more information about the Perfect Pinch line, including menu ideas, visit www.mccormick forchefs.com/perfectpinch. Blend It Up The Modular Blending System™ by Vitamix offers blending equipment in a compact, quiet package. Its automated portioning dispenses precise amounts of ice, puree and water (optional) to provide faster, more accurate, hands-free preparation of smoothies and other blended beverages. The modular system takes less than 30 linear inches of counter space and can be customized with an in-unit rinsing station. Visit www.vitamix.com/commercial for more details or call (800) 4DRINK4. Fruits a’ Plenty It can be a hassle to get students to eat all their fruits and veggies. Pacific Coast Producers seeks to remedy this dilemma with its line of Canned Fresh fruits in extra-lite syrup. Choose among apricots, peaches, pears or fruit cocktail. Single-serve 4-oz. bowls feature diced pears or pineapple tidbits. Each fruit product is sweetened with 100% sugar instead of heavy corn syrup, improving flavor, reducing carbohydrates and giving it the advantage of 40% fewer calories than most other fruit products. For more options, call (209) 367-8800 or check out www.cannedfresh.com. Learn at Mealtime Mealtime can reinforce lessons in HeadStart programs and before/after-care for children 2 to 6 years old when you use the Table-Time Look & Learn “Mostly Math” Tablecloth. Conceived by a veteran teacher and illustrated by an animator from “The Simpsons®”, it features more than 20 important lessons to make learning math fun and engaging for young children. Printed on PEVA, a healthier alternative to vinyl, the tablecloth cleans up easily with a damp cloth. Kids can use Crayola® Ultra-Clean Washable Markers for more interactive fun. Visit www.tabletimelookandlearn.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hot off the Web Kellogg’s® Specialty Channels recently announced the launch of its new website, aimed to be a one-stop tool that helps foodservice program turn their operation into a profitable dining destination. The site provides links to the latest industry news, training videos, promotions and other resources relevant for all segments of the foodservice industry. The new nutrition section provides resources highlighting USDA guidelines, nutrition news and links to additional tools. To learn more and access these businessbuilding tools, visit www.kelloggs specialtychannels.com. Pop…It’s a Chip! If you’re looking for USDA Smart Snack-compliant foods for SY 2015-16, consider popchips. This all-natural snack has only half the fat of a fried chip. Potato popchips are available in eight varieties, including new Crazy Hot. The line also features three varieties of veggie popchips. For additional details, go to www.popchips. com or call (866) 217-9327. Power Pulse Pulses are the nutrition-packed seeds of legumes, a category that includes dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. This high-quality vegetarian protein is low-allergen, gluten-free and offers a cost-effective way to increase the nutritional quality of school meals. For more information, visit the following organizations: USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, www.pea-lentil.com; American Pulse Association, www.americanpulsecrops.org; and the Northern Pulse Growers Association, www.northernpulse.com. Cover Up With Color CarryHOT’s TriGuard® Aprons protect employees with longer, wider coverage. Made of 12-oz. industrial-strength TriGuard™ Marine Grade Nylon/Resin material, the apron protects from wetness, stains, bacteria and sharp objects. These versatile aprons, made in the United States, can stand up to heavy daily usage and can be sanitized with bleach cleaning solutions. The aprons are available in 13 colors, four sizes and can be customized with a logo. Visit www.carryhot.com or call (800) 946-8224 to learn more.
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