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Published September 17, 2012, 06:09 PM

No more PB&J at Ada-Borup Schools

Ada, MN (WDAY TV) - Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches used to be a lunch staple at schools. Not anymore.

Ada, MN (WDAY TV) - Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches used to be a lunch staple at schools. Not anymore.

The Ada-Borup School District is re-working the lunch menu, cutting out the extra carbs and sugar.

The school says it's following federal guidelines, but it's also giving students the chance to make healthier decisions. Where students used to be able to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, now they have the unlimited option of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Supt. Mike Kolness, Ada-Borup School District: "Not everybody is welcoming that though because it’s some of the things they haven't seen. Jicama? Kids have not been exposed to jicama."

The program's called Healthy, Hungry, Free. The school is now joining a national trend to cut out processed foods, carbs, and sugar. It's not an easy switch.

Kolness: "Cooks are having to work very very hard. It's not take them out of the box and put it in the oven anymore. They are basically making things from scratch."

One major part of the change: students are now served food from all 5 food pyramid categories: milk, whole grains, meat, fruits, and vegetables, instead of just 3.

It's not all healthy, all the time. Some Fridays they'll bring back PB & J so students can splurge a little.

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