USDA school lunch changes: What's on the menu?

  • First lady Michelle Obama takes her seat as she has lunch with school children at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Jan., 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP

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    (CBS) Big changes are coming to school lunches, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the announced today. Meals for more than 32 million children - who have school lunches subsidized by the government - will be much healthier, with less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and veggies as sides.

    Lunchtime staples such as potatoes and pizza will remain, after debate between Congress and the USDA about what foods constitute vegetables. These dishes will be made with more healthful ingredients, and kids might be more likely to see roasted potatoes (compared with greasy fries) as a side dish.

    The announcement comes at a time when one third of America's youth between the ages 2 to 19 are obese.

    Just how much healthier will these lunches be? High school students will have 6.5 more cups of vegetables per week than ever before, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said on a conference call.

    Wondering what the new school lunches will look like compared to the old cafeteria fare? Keep clicking to see a sample before and after menu for a week at school, provided by the USDA.

    Here's a look at Monday's menu...

  • Monica DyBuncio

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