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As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA has released an interim final rule, Smart Snacks in School, which establishes nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students before, during and 30 minutes after the school day. The nutrition standards that are a part of the Iowa Healthy Kids Act are now equivalent to USDA’s Smart Snack standards.

Fundraisers - In Iowa, there are zero exemptions for fundraisers. All fundraisers that take place before, during and 30 minutes after school must meet the Healthy Kids Act/Smart Snacks nutrition standards as indicated in Iowa Administrative Code 281—58.10.


Flyer and Brochure - Overview of nutrition standard requirements for foods and beverages, accompaniments, and fundraisers sold to students during the school day.

USDA Questions and Answers - Clarification of the Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

Smart Snacks in School Webinar - For school staff and wellness committees to learn more about the regulations that foods and beverages sold outside of a reimbursable meal must meet. The webinar addresses the changes from Healthy Kids Act to Smart Snacks and provided an overview of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation calculator.

USDA Smart Snacks Webpage - Overview of Smart Snacks in School including a summary of the standards; regulation and policy, frequently asked questions and issue briefs, and available technical assistance.

List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages - Connecticut State Department of Education

  • This list is a great resource to find foods and beverages to sell during the school day. Please note: all products still need to be determined compliant by the nutrition calcuator with a calculator print out for documentation. 

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Calculator - USDA has thoroughly reviewed this tool and has determined it to be accurate in assessing food product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Product Navigator - Features snack, side, entrée and beverage products that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines from leading manufacturers.

Iowa Team Nutrition Smart Snack Recipes

The following recipes meet Smart Snacks standards. These may be most beneficial for Family Consumer Sciences, Food Classes, school stores and a la carte lines.

Banana Oatmeal Bread - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Berry Lemon Sorbet - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Cherry Chocolate Smoothie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Cowboy Corn Salad with Whole Grain Chips - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Crunchy Dill Veggie Wrap - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Fruit Yogurt Muffin - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Funky Fruit Salsa - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Gooey Chocolate Muffin - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Mexican Sweet Potato Bowl - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Popcorn Trail Mix - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Maple Muffins - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Slim Slammer: Turkey and Apple - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Slim Slammer: Chicken and Cucumber - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Smart Cranberry Cookie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Tuna Salad Bowl - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Wacky Cake - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Whole Grain Cereal Treats - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Yogurt Parfaits - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Additional Smart Snacks Recipe:

Popcorn (recipes from the Michigan Department of Education)

Minnesota Smart Snack Recipes

Vegetable Medley Salad, Banana Split Smoothie, Crumble Topped Fruit Mix-Up, Apple Pie Cereal Mix, Just for Kick Snack Mix, Chocolate Orange Burst Muffins, Maple Monkey Bars, Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread, Lemon Glazed Graham Goodies, Snickerdoodle Cloud Cookies
Wyoming Farm to Plate Recipes

  • Fruit: Apple Smiles, Dried Apricots, Cinnamon Orange Slices, Pear Rabbit, Caramel Apple Salad, Yogurt Strawberries, Fruit Snake, Fruit Jumble, Baked Banana Chips, Coco Nut Bananas, Pear Party Salsa, Blueberry Applesauce, Kiwi Watermelon Salsa, Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
  • Vegetables: Edamame Nibbles, Cookie Dough Hummus, Broccomole Dip, Kale Chips
  • Grains: Pretzel Shapes, Banana Bread, Strawberry Banana Oat Cookie, Strawberry Muffins, Baked Tortilla Chips, Lemon Oatmeal Zucchini Muffins, Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Bread, Banana Cookies, Winter Squash Berry Cookies, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins, Zucchini Pancakes, Granola Bars, Cinnamon Vanilla Granola, Apple Oatmeal Muffins, Whole-Wheat Rhubarb Muffin, Power Bites, Sugarless Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Cinnamon Apple Muffins
  • Combination: Ants on a Log, Fruit and Cheese Kabobs, Food Group Funny Face, Protein Roll Up, Peanut Butter Granola, Tomato Basil Bruschetta, Grapes and Grahams, Ham Rolls, Strawberry S'Mores, Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Parfait, Apple Cinnamon Wrap and Roll
  • Smoothies: Orange Spinach Smoothie, Fruit Slush, Fruit Juice Slush, Orange Delight Juice, Yogurt Smoothie in a Bag, Orange Cow, Strawberry Slushie, Batido Smoothie, Cantaloupe Smoothie, Berry Slush, Peach Cooler, Mango Raspberry Smoothies, Green Monster Smoothie, Refreshing Spring Smoothie, Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Shake
  • Frozen: Orange Pineapple Popsicles, Frozen Melon Kabobs, Heavenly Fruit Pops, Peachy Pops, Blackberry Basil Popsicles, Frozen Melon Pops, Confetti Yogurt Pops, Banana Ice Cream, Fruit Yogurt Pops, Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 27, 2016 at 3:12pm.