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Healthier meal choices popular at high school

Students at Fallbrook High School have shown their desire for healthier food by enthusiastically supporting the newer choices available these days in the cafeteria.

School districts across the country have been taking steps to make food in schools healthier because of new federal guidelines and awareness that a growing number of children are overweight. In California, deep fryers have been banned, so chicken strips are now baked and French fries have been removed from the menu and replaced with baked chips.

Good eating begins at 7:05 a.m. with the school’s healthy breakfast menu. Many tasty choices such as hot oatmeal, bagels with cream cheese, breakfast burritos and reduced-fat muffins are offered. Students can also purchase comforting hot cocoa to sip in order to stay warm on these cold winter days.

“The breakfast burritos are awesome,” one student said. “They are hot and fresh every morning.”

The students can also enjoy these items during their nutrition period from 9:45 to 10 a.m.

At lunch, aside from the usual fare, the cafeteria has added many nutritious alternatives that have proven to be very popular.

“The biggest sellers in the cafeteria are our freshly made tuna, turkey or ham subs made on fresh whole-grain wheat bread; our made-in-house teriyaki chicken, kung pao chicken and orange chicken rice bowls; and our fresh chicken salads,” said Dan Cappello, cafeteria director. Each meal is paired with baked chips, fruit, and milk.

“A major strength of Fallbrook High School’s food service program is the menu does not change daily,” explained Cappello. “We use a style of service that is very similar to that of a food court in a mall, which allows the students to go to the window that serves their food choice. This speeds up the service and alleviates confusion for the students.”

On December 17 Cappello and ASB Director Josh Way teamed up to bring the students International Day.

The students were given numerous lunch choices from Italy, America, Mexico and China. Students and teachers agreed it was a “more enjoyable” lunch period and the food was outstanding. It may become an annual event.


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