03.05.05 - Clarification for Appropriate Foods List

Clarification for Appropriate Foods List Policy Number and Last Update

On the following list are foods for which use in the center requires clarification.

The first column states whether a food can be used to fulfill CCFP requirements;

The second column establishes whether the item complies with the nutrition policy of IMSHSP.

The third column offers guidance; and the fourth column suggests alternative products.

Low-fat Milk YES YES Do NOT serve to children 2 yrs. and younger Whole Milk for children 2 years and younger.
Cottage Cheese YES YES Serve as a meat, not milk alternative
"Cheese Food" NO NO Don't serve - high additives and processing Real Cheese
Yogurt, Frozen Yogurt YES YES High Calcium content
Instant or Flavored Hot Cereals YES NO Don't serve - High cost, added sugar Quick or regular grits, Oatmeal, Cream-of-Wheat, etc.
Sweetened Cold Cereals YES NO Don't serve - High sugar content Serve only once per week: Mini Shredded Wheat, Chex, Cheerios, Puffed Rice, etc.
Saltines or Flavored Snack Crackers YES NO Don't serve - Additives, low nutrients, high salt Wheatsworth, Rye-Krisp, Triscuits, Graham Crackers, etc.
White Bread and Buns YES NO Don't serve - low vitamin content & fiber Any bread with whole grain listed as the first ingredient, e.g. Wonder 100% Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Goodness, Roman Meal Buns, 7-Grain Bread
White Flour Tortillas YES YES Serve only 2-3 times per week - high fat content, white flour Corn Tortillas, Whole Wheat Tortillas
Fruit and Powdered Drinks, Soda, Soft Drinks, Popsicles, Lemonades NO NO Don't serve - not 100% pur fruit juice Only juice that provides 100% daily allowance of vitamin C (calcium fortified preferred), e.g. Minute Maid Orange with Calcium, Frozen Real Fruit Pops
Canned Fruits and Vegetables YES YES Serve only 2-3 times per week - low vitamin content, low fiber, poor taste and appearance Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
Instant Mashed Potatoes, Frozen French Fries YES NO Dont' serve - low vitamin content, high cost Raw potatoes for baking and boiling
Canned or Boxed Foods/Mixes, Mac & Cheese, Canned Soups & Stews, Muffin/Bread Mixes, Seasoning Mixes YES NO Don't serve - high cost, additives, low nutrients Raw ingredients, to make from scratch
Bacon NO NO Don't serve - preservatives, high fat content, high cost
Hot Dogs & Other Sausages, Cold Cuts YES NO No Don't serve - preservatives, high fat content, high cost Other meats, eggs, cheese
Frozen Fish Sticks or Squares YES NO Don't serve - high cost, fillers, high fat Frozen or fresh fish fillets without bones
Jams or Jellies YES NO Don't serve - no nutrients, high sugar content All-fruit spread (if anything)
Lard or Shortening YES NO Don't use Vegetable or Canola Oil
Jell-O YES NO Don't serve - no nutrients, high sugar content Knox unflavored gelatin, with fruit juice or vegetables
Potato Chips, Corn Chips, Pretzels, etc. NO NO Don't serve - salt, additives, sugar, high cost Whole-grain snacks
Cookies or Cakes YES YES Serve occasionally only if they contain a nutritious ingredient like peanut butter, oatmeal, carrots, pumpkin, etc.
Popcorn NO YES May be served occasionally as an extra
Non-Dairy Topping (e.g. Cool Whip) NO NO Don't use - even if it lists no sugar, sugar additives Yogurt
Sour Cream YES NO Don't serve - high fat content Light or Fat-free Sour Cream or Yogurt
Pudding (mix) NO NO Don't use - high cost, high sugar, additives Homemade custard or pudding as part of menu