- Incorporating More From-Scratch Cooking
- Nutrition Education & Encouraging Students to Try New Foods
- Making Sure We Serve a Variety of Colors Each Week!
- Reducing Artificial Colors, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Preservatives, and Bleached Flour
We are committed to incorporating quick-scratch cooking whenever possible. In the 2017-18 school year, we partnered with local chefs to help create recipes that start with simple, wholesome ingredients and are also appealing to our diverse student population. We are constantly developing and trying new recipes and will continue to do so. Look for the “Click Here for the Recipe” link in our online Nutrislice menus to try some of these new recipes like our homemade baked ziti or lo mein at home!
This year we have partnered with Good Acre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Good Acre is a food hub dedicated to supporting smaller local farms. Every Tuesday during the school year, we will travel to a different elementary school and encourage students to try new and unique vegetables. We will also provide nutrition education and describe the health benefits of the vitamins and minerals found in these foods.
Check out Nutrislice and look for the Try it Tuesday logo to find out when we will be at your student’s school!
Each week, we will serve a variety of healthy foods that include whole grains, lower sodium and lower sugar! This year we made an extra commitment to reduce the amount of sugar we serve in our beverages by reducing the frequency of chocolate milk and juice. We will also make sure we serve at least a half cup of dark green vegetables, red/orange vegetables, and beans/legumes each week to ensure each student is offered a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables, just as parents told us through surveys and focus groups in the Spring of 2018.
We are getting pretty “picky” here at Culinary Express. This year more than ever we have targeted using wholesome products without some of the unnecessary ingredients like artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, and bleached flour. You can find all of our ingredients at wayzata.nutrislice.com. Check it out for yourself!
Why is the district making changes to the elementary meals program this year?
Last spring, Culinary Express gathered feedback about our elementary meal program from parents and staff as part of the department’s continuous improvement work. As a result of the feedback, we are making changes to our elementary program beginning this fall.
What changes are being made?
This fall, students, staff and parents can expect to see some food items go away, some foods or meals replaced with healthier options, and some new food items or recipes introduced. The changes include:
- reducing artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives and bleached flour.
- serving more whole grains and less sugar, such as reducing the frequency of when we offer chocolate milk and juice.
- partnering with a local food hub and a local marketing firm to emphasize local foods and increase student and parent education about nutrition in fun ways.
Will families have to pay more as a result of the changes?
No. We are making all of these changes without any price increases.
Will you provide information about what’s in the new foods?
Yes. Culinary Express will continue to provide ingredient information about our meals through Nutrislice at wayzata.nutrislice.com.