True Natural Foods K-12 Blog

How Do You Conduct Student Taste Testing?

Posted by Terry Brown, RD 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 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 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 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 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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