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Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards(Final Rule) - The Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010, 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.


Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools - Overview of Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.

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 Assessment Tool - Utilize to assess Smart Snack compliance through the school building. This can serve a useful tool to prepare for a School Nutrition Administrative Review.

Administrative Review Questions - Smart Snack questions that are part of the School Nutrition Administrative Review (AR).

USDA Smart Snacks Webpage - Summary of the standards; regulation and policy, frequently asked questions and issue briefs, and available technical assistance.

Calculator and Product Lists

School Nutrition, Fundraisers, School Stores, Vending, and Smart Snacks
Communication with school staff and school groups is key to successful compliance of Smart Snacks. It is the role of school nutrition to ensure that everyone that sells foods and beverages to students during the school day is aware of the Smart Snacks standards and provides assistance in meeting the standards. Below are some resources that can assist School Nutrition as they work with school groups on Smart Snacks compliance.

Tip Sheets for Schools: Implementing Healthier Standards for Competitive Foods
Five tips sheets share strategies for selling and serving healthier a la carte and snack foods and beverages in schools while still maintaining revenues and minimizing student resistance. The tips sheets highlight key findings from the Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line study that profiles eight school districts from across the country.

Webinars and Presentations

Smart Snacks and School Wellness Policy Webinar - Held as part of the School Nutrition monthly webinar series on April 26th, 2016 that provided an overview of Smart Snacks and Wellness Policy requirements.

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.

Short Smart Snacks Presentation - Provides background information, including venues where the guidelines apply, the types of foods and beverages that will be allowed, and resources that are available to assist with implementation.


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

Gooey Chocolate Muffin - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Fruit Yogurt Muffin - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Maple Muffins - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Oven French Toast - OSU - Food Hero Recipe


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

Smart Cranberry Cookie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Wacky Cake - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

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


Banana Berry Smoothie - OSU Food Hero Recipes (double recipe and increase serving size to 2 cups)

Berry Lemon Sorbet - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Cherry Chocolate Smoothie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Pumpkin Smoothie in a Cup - OSU - Food Hero Recipe

Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Yogurt Parfaits - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Main Dish

Crunchy Dill Veggie Wrap - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Mexican Sweet Potato Bowl - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Slim Slammer: Turkey and Apple - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Slim Slammer: Chicken and Cucumber - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Tuna Salad Bowl - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Dips/Salsa/Trail Mix

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

Funky Fruit Salsa - Chef Dee Dee Recipe

Popcorn Trail Mix - Smart Snack Print Out - Nutrient Analysis

Additional Smart Snacks Recipes

Child Nutrition & Wellness Kansas State Department of Education Smart Snack Recipes

Popcorn (recipes from the Michigan Department of Education)

Minnesota Smart Snack Recipes

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 March 20, 2018 at 4:29am.