May/june 2024

Inclusive Eats: Embracing Special Diets in the Cafeteria

No two of your students are the same鈥攕o how can we expect all their diets to be the same? While most of your students will be able to eat off the same menu, there will always be those who need accommodations for any number of reasons. This month, we鈥檙e taking a close look at how you can make your cafeteria a safer, healthier, more comfortable, more welcoming place for those young people who follow a special diet. Log into your SNA account and take a look at our coverage found in the May/June 2024 edition of School Nutrition. Here鈥檚 what you鈥檒l find:

  • Put Your Heart in It: A good attitude can make all the difference when it comes to accommodating special dietary needs for your students.
  • Ensuring Dietary Inclusivity: Understand the difference in special religious diets and how you can plan accordingly to make your cafeteria a welcoming place for all.
  • Let鈥檚 Talk Plant Power: Dietitian nutritionist Chef Vahista Ussery, MS, MBA, RDN, explains what it means to eat in a plant-forward way鈥攁nd it doesn鈥檛 mean giving up meat or dairy entirely.
  • From A to Z: Learn the need-to-know lingo when it comes to medical, lifestyle, and religious restrictions on food, so you can fully understand your students鈥 needs, no matter what restrictions they have.
  • ANC Preview: Get excited for #ANC24 with our guide to the 鈥淪hape Tomorrow Together鈥 theme, events planned for the weekend, and tips for navigating the 900 booths in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Food Focus: Eat Your Greens: Learn about the many vibrant varieties of leafy greens and how you can use them, either cooked or raw, in menu options for even your most reluctant students.
Cover of School Nutrition magazine's May/June 2024 issue

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