The following table summarizes the criteria a competitive snack food or side item must meet in order to qualify under the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Competitive Foods Guidelines. The Guidelines utilize information included on a product’s Nutrition Facts panel. The rows of the table provide examples of snack foods and side dishes. The columns are the criteria these foods must meet. Entries of “n/a” indicate that a criterion is not applicable to that type of food.
Fruits and vegetables1
l Dried fruit must contain 0g fat as labeled
Dairy and eggs2
l Cheese must be reduced fat or part skim. All other dairy products must be non-fat or low fat
Nuts and seeds (includes nut butters): No total or saturated fat limit, but 35% sugar by weight limit required.Fruit and nut products (commonly known as trail mix): No total fat limit, but must meet the following requirements:
l The items found in the combination product include only fruit, and nuts and/or seeds.
l The product contains no added sweeteners.
l 35-10-35: Foods with a “V” in the “35-10-35” column must provide no more than 35% of calories from total fat, no more than 10% of calories from saturated fat or up to 1 gram, and be no more than 35% sugar by weight.
l 0g trans fat: Foods with a “V” in the “0g trans fat” column must have 0 grams trans fat.
l Sodium: Entries in the “sodium” column are the maximum amount of sodium permitted.
l Minimum # of required nutrients: The “1” or “2” in the “minimum # of required nutrients” column refers to how many nutrients from the following list are required:2g fiber; or > 5g protein; or > 10% DV of Vitamin A, C, E, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium or iron; or 1/2 serving (1/4 cup) of fruit or vegetables.
l Calorie or portion limits all schools: Calories are limited to 100 calorie portions for foods other than vegetables with sauce and soups that meet the 35-10-35, 0g trans fat, and sodium criteria but fail to meet the minimum number of required nutrients criteria. Cheese and egg are limited to portion size.