Nutrition-rich foods prove unpopular, removed from menu

Arlington Heights District forced to remove healthy items due to low sales.

Feb. 12—Grilled salmon, baked fish and black-bean burgers may be highly nutritious but Arlington Heights (Ill.) School District 25 students literally weren't having it.

This month, the school district eliminated the "nutrient-dense" lunch choices that included the aforementioned entrees after kids frequently took a pass on them.

"It makes me sad," said Coletta Hines-Newell, the district's food service director. "You want to run the best nutritional program, but you also want to run a business that is self-sustaining."

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