It’s Fruit and Veggie month! So let’s take a look at fruits and veggies in regard to the new meal pattern changes for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
At snack time do you serve both fruits and veggies? Beginning in October that is a reimbursable snack for participants of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). side note: Another upcoming change is having to serve one whole grain-rich food a day. Snack might be the perfect time to meet this requirement.
The Association for Child Development (ACD) has created a resource with 34 healthy (uncomplicated) snack ideas to help you meet the new CACFP meal pattern requirements.
What is a Fruit – What is a Vegetable?
Now that vegetables and fruits are not interchangeable at lunch, supper and snack – we need to know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Previously, I didn’t think I would need to know this difference unless I wanted to win a light-hearted argument with my husband but now – it matters. So, how do we do this?
ACD tells us on page 2 of their “fruits and vegetables guide” that there are two definitions to go by 1) Botanical Plant Definition and 2) Culinary definition. The culinary definition is the one that the CACFP typically uses. When using this definition, “tomatos and avocados are considered vegetables and rhubarb is a fruit.” ACD directs us to the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs for clarification: https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/food-buying-guide-for-child-nutrition-programs.
Juice is going to be a bit of a change for some of us. Juice is no longer allowed to be claimed for infants. It can only be served once a day for children older than 11 months.