School food menus in California and throughout the nation were revamped this year to meet new nutrition guidelines developed by the Institute of Medicine and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The new guidelines include:

  • Increased fruits and vegetable options every day of the week

  • No trans fats

  • Portion size and calorie limits based on child's age

  • More whole-grain products

  • Restriction on types of milk offered, with emphasis on low-fat (1 percent) and nonfat varieties

  • Less salt (phased in over several years)

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    For details on food programs, go to www.fns.usda.gov/cnd.

    For details about schools in your area, read the On Assignment blog at IBAbuzz.com/onassignment.

    To see the Mt. Diablo school district's new whole-grain bread recipe, go to ContraCostaTimes.com/education.

    Source: The California Endowment