Cafeteria food has come a long way from burgers, fries and chicken nuggets. Incarnate Word Academy, a Catholic private school, has changed up their menu for elementary and up.
Middle School Principal Adolfo Garza, along with other teachers and parents, decided to get rid of fried food in the cafeteria and offer a plethora of healthier options.
"Nutritional food is good for the person, physically and mentally," Garza said.
By many estimates, students receive up to 50-percent of their daily caloric intake during school. A new federal law in place this fall mandates public schools reduce calories, lower sodium and offer fruits and vegetables everyday.
Incarnate Word is finding success with their salad and fruit bars, low-calorie drink fountain and assorted meals like Swedish meatballs, all white-meat chicken quesadillas and oven-baked fries.
One of the after-school menu items is sushi.
There are soda and snack machines in the cafeteria, but they are set on a timer. That means middle schoolers do not have access to the tasty treats, but high schoolers have the option.
The students understand that putting in good food translates to productivity in the classroom. In the long run, each student is developing a smarter, healthier lifestyle, and staying away from the chef's mystery meat.