Healthy Kids Guidelines for Quick Breads

January 17, 2014 No Comments

Today the Bakery students evaluated the nutritive value of yesterday’s quick breads according to the Healthy Kids Guidelines. (View my materials HERE) An email from our school lunch director says:

“Here are the limits for Healthy kids Act items:
fat=less than or equal to 35% of calories
trans fat=less than or equal to .5gm/serving
sugar=less than or equal to 35% of calories
must be at least 50% whole grain
I would love more muffin recipes. I only have one that meets these guidelines”

One trouble we ran into is that Cooking Light lists only carbohydrates instead of breaking down into sugar and fiber.  To calculate grams of sugar we multiplied the cups of sugar in the recipe by 200 (grams of sugar in one cup) and divided that number by twelve servings.

Spoiler alert! My students found that each recipe has the potential to meet the guidelines.  The olive bread has a bit too much salt which can easily be eliminated.  Each of the breads needs more whole grains to fit guidelines which is also an easy fix.

Next week we will collaborate with our school lunch director to create quick bread recipes of our own to be served for school breakfast.


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I’m Kayla Pins – Health and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher to high school students in rural Iowa. Welcome to my online home where I share lesson plans, activities, and inspiration with fellow teachers.


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