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School Lunch - actual nutrition facts

Posted by on May. 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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I looked at the school lunch nutrition (they only listed the nutrition for 3 weeks of food, and I used all the entrees and sides in those three weeks). 2 entrees and around 3-6 sides were available every day. The Beef Enchiladas (with Salsa & Sour Cream) have 580 calories, 25 grams of fat, and 2100 mg of sodium - and that's without any sides. Equal to a Big Mac, with slightly more calories, slightly less fat, and more than double the sodium. With milk that's about 700.  Add a few sides and that'll probably be close to breaking 1000. We all knew school lunch was unhealthy, but this shows how unhealthy (many entrees break 1000 mg of sodium). 

Entrees -

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks w/Marinara - 370 cal, 14g fat (4g sat), 950mg sodium

BBQ Pork Sandwich - 430 calories, 15g fat (4g sat), 1280mg sodium

Hamburger - 360 cal, 15g fat (5g sat), 670mg sodium

Grilled Chicken Sandwich - 360 cal, 5g fat (1g sat), 710mg sodium

Taco Beef Stick - 410 cal, 14g fat (7g sat), 1380mg sodium

Baked Potato Bar - 510 cal, 22g fat (10g sat), 860mg sodium

Sweet & Sour Chicken - 240 cal, 8g fat (1g sat), 250mg sodium

Deli Sandwich - 270 cal, 7g fat (4g sat), 1170mg sodium

Deli Wrap - 250 cal, 8g fat (4g sat), 1240mg sodium

Pizza (Slice) - 300 cal, 11g fat (4g sat), 660mg sodium

Tuna Salad Plate - 280 cal, 11g fat (2g sat), 650mg sodium

Hot Dog w/Chili - 470 cal, 27g fat (10g sat), 1160mg sodium

Chicken Filet Sandwich - 350 cal, 11g fat (2g sat), 820mg sodium

Chicken Parmesan w/Spaghetti - 420 cal, 17g fat (4g sat), 1240mg sodium

Chicken Pot Pie - 420 cal, 18g fat (6g sat), 1600mg sodium

Salisbury Steak (with Brown Gravy) - 260 cal, 13g fat (5g sat), 1280mg sodium

Chicken Tenders (3) - 190 cal, 10g fat (3g sat), 440mg sodium

Nachos, Beef & Cheese - 340 cal, 15g fat (5g sat), 1070mg sodium

Oven Roasted Chicken (1 little piece) - 110 cal, 6g fat (2g sat), 70mg sodium

Fish Basket - 300 cal, 10g fat (2g sat), 450mg sodium

Sausage & Egg Biscuit - 310 cal, 17g fat (7g sat), 970mg sodium

Egg & Cheese Biscuit - 290 cal, 15g fat (8g sat), 900mg sodium

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - 320 cal, 17g fat (9g sat), 670mg sodium

Chicken Nuggets (5 - 3 oz) - 195 cal, 10g fat (2g sat), 580mg sodium

Beef Enchiladas w/Salsa & Sour Cream - 580 cal, 25g fat, 2100mg sodium

Chicken Salad (I think with Ranch) - 430 cal, 18g fat (8.5g sat), 660mg sodium

Teriyai Beef Bites - 195 cal, 9g fat (3.5g sat), 910mg sodium

Fish Sandwich, Baked - 300 cal, 6g fat (0.5g sat), 310mg sodium

Sides -

Steamed Broccoli - 45 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 120mg sodium

Sweet Potato - 110 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 75mg sodium

Fruit Cocktail - 80 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 10mg sodium

Applesauce, Sweetened - 60 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 10mg sodium

Graham Crackers - 180 cal, 4g fat (0g sat), 250mg sodium

Baked Beans - 160 cal, 1g fat (0g sat), 520mg sodium

French Fries - 135 cal, 5g fat (1g sat), 280mg sodium

Apple - 70 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg sodium

Pears - 60 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg sodium

White Yeast Roll - 110 cal, 5g fat (2g sat), 170mg sodium

Pinto Beans - 80 cal, 0.5g fat (0g sat), 300mg sodium

Mixed Vegetables - 80 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 160mg sodium

Banana - 90 cal, 0.5g fat (0g sat), 0mg sodium

Pineapples - 60 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 10mg sodium

Oriental Vegetables - 50 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 130mg sodium

Peas & Carrots - 70 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 200mg sodium

Garden Salad - 20 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 10mg sodium

Ranch (per 2 tbsp) - 90 cal, 8.5g fat (1g sat), 250mg sodium

Corn on the Cob - 100 cal, 3g fat (1g sat), 110mg sodium

Oranges (per orange) - 45 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg sodium

Whole Grain Breadstick - 65 cal, 1g fat (0g sat), 140mg sodium

Collard Greens - 30 cal, 0.5g fat (0g sat), 120mg sodium

Honey Mustard - 80 cal, 3g fat (0.5g sat), 130mg sodium

Mashed Potatoes - 100 cal, 1g fat (1g sat), 430mg sodium

Tartar Sauce - 20 cal, 1.5g fat (0g sat), 90mg sodium

Steamed Corn - 120 cal, 3g fat (1g sat), 110mg sodium

Steamed Carrots - 55 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 175mg sodium

Triangle Tater Tots (per single) - 90 cal, 5g fat (1g sat), 200mg sodium

Fruit Juice, 4 oz - 60 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 10mg sodium

Lima Beans - 120 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 210mg sodium

Vegetable Medley - 45 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 140mg sodium

Roasted Potatoes - 90 cal, 2g fat (0g sat), 280mg sodium

Cheesy Garlic Breadstick - 80 cal, 3g fat (1g sat), 180mg sodium

Strawberries - 30 cal, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg sodium

Green Beans - 80 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 500mg sodium

Carrots w/Dip - 75 cal, 4g fat (1g sat), 200mg sodium

Everyday Option (Entree):

PB&J - 320 cal, 16g fat (3g sat), 330mg sodium


by on May. 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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TigerofMu
by Sonja on May. 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

 Yuck

DixieL
by on May. 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You sure did a lot of research

mommaFruFru
by Member on May. 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM
Not all.schools are like that. And there are things you can do to change it
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new_mom808
by Andrea on May. 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM

 My first thought is, in what universe are cheese sticks an entree?
My second thought is that I've just solidified my decision to pack DS's lunch for the rest of his life.

TerriC
by on May. 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Agreed! 

Cheese sticks?  Thankfully, that isn't on the menu at my girls school, but the things that are, are certainly questionable.

Quoting new_mom808:

 My first thought is, in what universe are cheese sticks an entree?
My second thought is that I've just solidified my decision to pack DS's lunch for the rest of his life.


KATU2Kids
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM


Quoting new_mom808:

 My first thought is, in what universe are cheese sticks an entree?
My second thought is that I've just solidified my decision to pack DS's lunch for the rest of his life.

2. Me too. I'm wondering what happened to the school lunch reform. Well, I guess they are waiting till next year. And 27 grams of fat in a hot dog with chili? Hot dogs aren't the most nutritious food, but really? Almost as much fat as a Big Mac. In his class, only a quarter or less bring their lunch box (out of 26). I don't see many decently healthy entree choices. Worked as a lunch lady, and many things are prefrozen (the enchiladas are I think)

Vertical15
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Thats terrible!  They could make so many little changes that would be so easy.

LostTheSlipper
by on May. 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I sent DS to a daycamp last year for a few days. It was at a local Christian school, and because we homeschool, the school was still in session for that one week I sent him (I think public school was out of session which is why they offered the camp in the first place),so the lunch portion of the camp was with the actual schoolchildren. ALL of their school lunches were brought in daily....by local fast food places. Yikes! They supposedly offered a "fruit and veggie bar" but some days that just included toppings for the burgers (lettuce and tomatoes) and others just some watermelon or something. Not the grand selection the word "bar" implies. It was only a week and we weren't as food-conscious as we are now, so I let it go, but it's somewhat unbelieveable to me they do this all year for the kids that do go there.

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