School Lunches get a Healthy Makeover

9:25 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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CAMDEN, SC-- The cafeteria at Camden Middle School is getting a little bit of a makeover.

At first glance, it may look like a regular kitchen--but it's what's on the inside that counts.

The school has completely re-vamped the way they prepare meals. They've made them lighter and healthier, without eliminating foods that kids actually like.

"For example, if we do a sub sandwich, we are looking at low-sodium, low-fat meats, low-fat cheeses, whole grain breads and incorporating more fruits and vegetables with the rest of the meal to balance it out," said dietitian Misha Lawyer.

Students will begin to see gourmet fresh salads and double the fruits and vegetables when they arrive for lunch. As for all-time favorites like the chicken sandwich-- those will begin to look different too.

"We have deep fryers, but we've pretty much done away with the deep frying," said cafeteria manager Jeff Wilson. "We don't fry anything anymore. These are all placed in the oven."

The sandwiches are baked and then served with a multi-grain bun. It's a change that many students have already caught on to.

"You could touch it and your finger would be all greasy, I usually didn't eat that," said 7th grader Nicole Potteiger. "I like it better baked, it's more crunchy!"

Desserts won't disappear, but have also slimmed down. The school has modified their snacks, using less sugar and reduced fat ingredients. They have also changed the size of their cookies, teaching children the importance of moderation.

The one thing they won't moderate, fruits and vegetables. Those are self-serve this year so students are able to get as many servings as they want.

"We want to raise a generation that is smarter and healthier than the last generation," said Lawyer. "The only way that we can do that is to be a part of making better decisions when it comes to what they eat and being physically active."

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