1. Ethnic wings
Greenville County Schools in Greenville, S.C., offers a range of different bars for students. At its build-your-own chicken wing bar, students can choose from classic chicken wing flavors such as Buffalo and Memphis BBQ, as well as globally inspired options including teriyaki and sweet Thai chili.
2. Brunch for lunch
After a school’s student council asked for breakfast options at lunch, Linette Dodson—director of school nutrition for Carrollton City Schools in Carrollton, Ga.—introduced a brunch bar at the district’s high school. Students can choose from either whole-grain pancakes or biscuits, plus a variety of sides including grits, scrambled eggs and fruit.
4. Customized grain bowl
Along with its chicken wing bar, Greenville County Schools also offers a DIY grain bowl bar. Students can top a bowl of brown rice with their choice of Korean BBQ or Alaskan salmon, plus other accoutrements such as kimchi, jalapenos and pickled onions.
5. Taste of the Mediterranean
The vegan station inside the newly opened Village Dining Hall at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles includes a Mediterranean bar. Along with pasta salads, students are able to select different items to create their own Mediterranean plate, with offerings such as hummus, greek olives, baba ghanoush, artichokes and marinated sun-dried tomatoes.