By Sierra Marquina
Students are officially back in school … and with a revamped cafeteria menu.
David Binkle, who serves as Los Angeles Unified School Districts‘ Food Service Director and oversees all 800 L.A.U.S.D. cafeterias, explain how students have been helping make the menu more healthy.
“This is the third year of the L.A.U.S.D. I’m In campaign, which stands for attendance, wellness, and healthy eating. And this year we’ve introduced new items but the focus was really through our board policy to continue to roll out dishes that were student created.”
David adds that students had the opportunity to submit dishes for breakfast and lunch during National Breakfast Week in March when “over 200 students participated … and a fruit puff made the menu for later this year.”
Learn More About the I’m In Campaign Here!
What are some of the new, healthy items added to the menu? Everything from a cucumber salad with homemade vinaigrette to even Tex Mex cornbread and black bean mountain are now available for the students.
The Tex Mex cornbread and black bean is “very healthy and made with ground turkey … [with] corn bread made using a reduced-fat milk and corn meal,” Binkle shares. “It’s been very well received by our students.”
And along with the Tex Mex option, there’s even a healthy version of chicken and waffles!
“This waffle is a savory waffle that has potato and chive and we’ve taken all the sugar out of it … with natural chicken cuts … that’s baked.”
Sounds good to us!
Listen to David’s full interview below.