School Nutrition

How Peanuts can fit in School Nutrition

There are few foods that are as nutritious and well-loved as peanut butter. It offers a nutritious option that counts as a protein in the school meal. 

The Peanut Podcast: The Behind the Scenes Power of Registered Dietitians

Registered dietitians are the unsung heroes of everything related to nutrition and food. These experts exist behind the scenes and impact your daily nutrition more than you might expect. The National Peanut Board covered the topic in a recent episode of The Peanut Podcast.

Making School Breakfast Cool (and Safer): Adopting Top Trends & Managing Food Allergens

National Peanut Board is always looking for ways to support school nutrition professionals as they work to serve nutritious and safe meals to their students. We’re proud to have partnered with the School Nutrition Association for a new webinar, Adopting Top Food Trends & Managing Allergies at School Breakfast, now available for school nutrition professionals on demand. School breakfast is one area where we believe peanut butter has great potential to help school nutrition experts adopt some popular trends, while meeting student’s nutrition needs. In the webinar, Donna Martin, Ed.S., RDN, L.D., SNS, FAND and school nutrition director in Burke County, Georgia, and I help answer common questions about serving peanut butter products during school breakfast – and to show how peanut butter can fit regardless of how breakfast is served.

Peanuts in Schools

By: Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, and Jeanne Reilly, NDTR, SNS
 
Peanut butter has been a favorite of school children since, well, since the beginnings of the National School Lunch Program. As an iconic American food, the PB&J is ubiquitous and beloved. Today’s students are also interested in global flavors and spice, vegetarian and plant-based options. Peanut butter and other peanut products fit these trends perfectly too. In this article, we’ll share why we believe that peanuts are a great fit in school meals.

New Free Resource for Serving Peanuts in K-12

Like many industries, schools are facing unprecedented issues due to the fallout from the pandemic. Supply chain challenges and labor shortages are pushing school nutrition staff to the limit. In this climate, managing food allergies becomes all the more important, and peanut butter, in particular, can help be part of the solution for schools.
 
To advocate for safely serving peanuts in schools and to help manage them as a food allergen, the National Peanut Board created PeanutsinSchools.org. It is a one-stop-shop for school nutrition directors, staff, brokers, brands, nurses and administration and others seeking resources on this issue.

How to be Fearless About Food Allergies in Schools

More than 98% of school-age children can enjoy peanuts without any issue and food allergies can be safely managed in schools while still making them available to non-allergic students.

School Recipes that Deliver on Taste and Nutrition

There’s a common saying in school nutrition that a food is not nutritious if kids don’t eat it. Peanuts not only provide more plant-based protein than any other nut (7 grams per serving), they also may make other healthy foods, like whole-grains and vegetables, more appealing to kids.

In Spite of Pandemic, Hungry Children Score Big with School Breakfast

School breakfast is an essential part of getting kids ready to learn, so this year's School Breakfast Week theme of Score Big with School Breakfast truly fits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting this need has been challenging because kids aren't always in school in person, types of service offered has varied greatly, and there have been a variety of barriers to overcome for both school foodservice personnel and participating students. But child hunger doesn’t take a break and neither did our country’s school nutrition heroes. In fact, school nutrition pros have gone above and beyond to help meet the needs of students.

Peanut Nutrition 101

Did you know? Peanuts have more protein than any other nut and the good fats that help fight hunger. More nutrition facts here.

Feeding Students in a Pandemic: Celebrate and Learn From School Nutrition Heroes

School nutrition professionals across the country have been incredibly innovative and shown a commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children across the country continued to be fed, even when schools closed suddenly in the spring due to the pandemic. 

    

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