New school meal guidelines: What parents should know

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new guidance for the foods schools put on your child's lunch tray. And now, schools are busy making changes to school lunches affecting more than 32 million children every day. American children get between 30 percent and 50 percent of their daily calories in the school cafeteria, but for many of us, what actually goes on the tray is still a mystery.

Dr. Keith Ayoob, a Registered Dietitian, and nationally-recognized child nutrition expert, sheds light on school lunches, what's changing, and what you need to know to help keep your kids healthy.

"There are four big changes we're going to notice on school trays," said Dr. Ayoob. "The first one is... You're going to see a lot more colors. It used to be a matter of just a fruit or a vegetable, now it's both."

Dr. Ayoob also said you're going to see a lot more attention paid to whole grains. This used to be a suggestion, but now, it will be required.

"In order to make it more attractive to kids, you will see things like whole wheat pretzels," said Dr. Ayoob. "Choice is also going to be a big issue. There's a choice given among the types of milk kids are going to be able to have."

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new school meal guidelines, click on the video above.

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