Spinach tortellini in butternut squash sauce and California sushi rolls sound like choices that belong on a menu at an Italian café or a Japanese restaurant – but these two food items will actually be offered at Los Angeles schools.
A menu “overhaul” is underway in L.A., which means no more corn dogs, chicken nuggets and other breaded items, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Instead kids will get to choose from an array of items, including more vegetarian and ethnic foods.
"The meal needs to be better, not [that] we need to keep chocolate milk," to attract students to the cafeteria, Megan Bomba, a project coordinator with Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, told the Times.
Along with the ‘unhealthy’ breaded items, chocolate milk also got the ax.
Members of the L.A. School district began shaking things up in 2004 when they banned sodas on campuses, and later that year, the school board also passed a motion to ban the sale of junk food during the school day.