True Natural Foods K-12 Blog

5 Good Reasons for Starting a Summer Feeding Program

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Apr 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM



Is your summer weather usually blazing hot, mild and muggy, or cool and cloudy?

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5 Tips for a Successful K12 Menu (The Five C’s)

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM


So much is riding on your menu. In the Child Nutrition world, the menu is the compass for where you will end up. When it comes to running your department, focusing on your menu will always point you in the right direction. Why? Because the menu holds the key to the 5 C’s of menu success.

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Topics: AR Reviews, Administrative Reviews, Edibowls, Lunch, School Nutrition

The Lunch Lady in the Food Truck Window

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Feb 20, 2018 9:10:00 AM

This last week, I had the honor and privilege of working with the food service team at Oklahoma City Public Schools. Their NEW Food Truck with Chef Robin Obert and her crew was my office for the week. There is no better way to learn about how your product is handled, how it performs, and how the Students Love it, then to spend a few days working on a food truck. Chef Robin’s vision of a cool, fun and trendy food truck for the kids of OKC came to life before my eyes when I saw it parked in the middle of Capitol Hill High School Quad.

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Topics: Natural Foods, Edibowls, Food Trends, K12 Menu Ideas, Lunch, Millennials, School Nutrition, Foodie

How Successful Directors Use Automation to Win

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Dec 6, 2017 9:05:00 AM

 Have you ever wondered why some K12 foodservice directors seem so calm and organized at all times? You know the type…...they are at every important meeting and fun networking event because somehow their department runs smoothly even when they are not there. It’s been said that the true test of a good manager, is how well do things run when they are away. If everything goes smoothly and meals get served on time without the director being present, that is a sign of an outstanding director.

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Farm to School for Life

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Oct 12, 2017 10:15:00 AM


There's a certain esprit de corps among K12 operators and their suppliers that does not exist in all food service channels.

Recently, that feeling has been extended further to include the growers of food.  The Farm to School movement has gained momentum since it was started about 10 years ago by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN). 

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How Do You Conduct Student Taste Testing?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What determines what makes it on to the menu at your district? There are so many factors to consider: the taste, the appearance, nutrition components, production capabilities, and the cost of the product, to name a few. 

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Topics: K12 Menu Ideas

Is Sugar the New Enemy of Nutrition in K12 Schools?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Feb 7, 2017 12:20:31 PM

Who hasn’t made eating less sugar a New Year’s Resolution at some point in their life?  But sugar is everywhere. Just look at all the other names for sugar!  Check out all the places where sugars hide.  It’s these lurkers that ruin our plans to get slim. 

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Topics: Edibowls, Food Trends, Breakfast, Sugar, School Nutrition

13 Grain Bowl Ideas for K-12

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Nov 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Edibowls make it easy to implement the Grain Bowl trend because you are starting with a Grain. Bowls are production efficient and they help control portion counts. Double up on Grains so that you can meet the weekly minimums easily and also give students something they will enjoy!

Bowls are also a great opportunity to meet your red/orange vegetable weekly requirements. Note: red/orange vegetables are asterisked.  If you want to keep lunch to 2 Grains, simply select the 6 1/4" edibowl bowl.  Don’t forget to share your photos on Pinterest!

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Topics: Natural Foods, Edibowls, Breakfast, K12 Menu Ideas, Lunch, Catering

Jump on the Natural Food Trends Bandwagon & Be the Talk of Campus

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Oct 14, 2016 10:22:00 AM

Over the past few months, you may have heard some chatter about the growing consumer demand for “Natural Foods.” Not surprising. But what does “Natural” really mean?

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Topics: Natural Foods, Edibowls, Food Trends

Don’t Get Spooked By Your Upcoming AR Review: Ace It With The Right Menu!

Posted by Terry Brown, RD SNS on Oct 1, 2016 12:46:36 PM

Often we're on pins and needles when an Administrative Review (AR) is approaching.  

Just knowing that the AR is looming can become so nerve-racking that it’s difficult to stay focused on running your business!  It’s hard to stay calm when knowing that anything in your operation can be called into question and put under the microscope. 

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Topics: AR Reviews, School Menu Compliance, Product Formulation Sheets, Administrative Reviews

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