Foodservice directors brainstorm new ways to help children make healthier choices

From kale chips to carrot fries, foodservice directors and kitchen managers are getting creative.

Wiscasset Primary School nutrition team member Terri Meehan faces a daily challenge that will sound familiar to any parent: how to serve kids healthy, nutritious meals that they will actually like and eat.

Her most recent struggle? Beans. "Today, students surprised me. We served them bean dip. They didn't instantly like it. I had to do a lot of going around to the tables being silly and asking the kids to try some. Once I get that one child to like it, others seem to follow. One girl was crying because she couldn't have more!" said Meehan. If that was not enough, like other school nutrition directors, Meehan also has to conform to strict new federal guidelines that mandate what can and cannot be served in school cafeterias.