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MDCPS Test Kitchen Reveals New Healthy, Nutritious Lunches For Students

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- In just three weeks, Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be welcoming more than 340,000 students back to school. The Food and Nutrition Department has been working diligently planning healthy, nutritious menus for the school year ahead.

August 24th is the first day of school and preparations are already being made to make sure students are fed and fueled.

"With more than 50 million meals that will be served this school year, we have an opportunity to change the way they eat," explained Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

The school system is doing that that by changing the menu every year. This school year some new and nutritious items are coming to the menu.

Chobani Greek yogurt is high in protein and will keep the kids full.

A vegetarian wrap will be added to the menu as well as a healthy fajita.

They'll serve whole wheat cheese sticks with reduced fat mozzarella.

The guavalito is new too. It's a healthier version of a guava pastelito.

They'll also eat meals on environmentally friendly trays.

"We are getting rid of Styrofoam, it doesn't compost. We are teaching kids to eat healthy and about healthy environments," said Penny Parham from MDCPS.

About 74-percent of Miami-Dade County students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. You can check if your child qualifies.

Miami-Dade County also provides every student with a free breakfast for a healthy start to their academic day. Parents just make sure they get there before the bell.

If you want to get a detailed look at the weekly lunch menus, download the Dade schools Mobile App.

Click here for iPhone App.

Click here for Android App.



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