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Healthy alternative foods to grace school menus this fall
Healthy alternative foods to grace school menus this fall

Some healthy, new foods will grace the lunch menu at elementary schools in Montague and Whitehall when classes begin September 3.

This summer, Chef Jamie Paquin, owner of Mia and Grace in Muskegon, spent several weeks training the schools’ kitchen staff on how to make alternative, healthier foods, including:  penne pasta with chicken and parmesan, hummus with vegetables and pita chips, roasted chicken salad sandwiches, southwest chipotle wraps, rotini pasta with broccoli and chicken, chicken taco salad wraps, and quinoa with roasted chicken, cranberries and apples.  All of the foods are part of Chef Paquin’s “Fresh” school lunch menu.

In 2009, R.R. Oehrli Elementary School  in My Town Montague was the only school in the state to receive the Healthier Us School Challenge Award Gold Star from the USDA.   That year, students helped create the Obama Burger, a healthier version of the traditional burger in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama, who has led a campaign pushing for more exercise and better foods in schools.