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School Lunch Menu Examples Using Bison

Menu Example 1: Bison Hotdog on Whole Wheat Bun

Traditional Boston Baked Beans Featuring Locally
Grown Beans
Watermelon Wedge or Cubes
Rice Krispie Treat Mini

Sliced Wheat Bread
Low Fat Milk Varieties

Food Component and Menu Item

GRADES
K-6

GRADES
7-12

OPTIONAL
GRADES K-3

Meat or Meat Alternate:
Bison Hotdog
(1 = 2 oz.)

2 ounces

2 ounces

1 ½ ounces

Vegetable:
Baked Beans

¼ to ½ cup

½ cup

¼ to ½ cup

Fruit:
Watermelon Wedge or
Cubes

¼ to ½ cup
(Vegetables and Fruits must = ¾ cup/day + an extra ½ cup/week)

½ cup

¼ to ½ cup
(Vegetables and Fruits must = ¾ cup/day)

Grains/Bread:
Whole Wheat Bun
(1 = 2 Servings)
Sliced Wheat Bread
(1 = 1 Serving)

12 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

15 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

10 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

Milk: As Beverage

8 fluid ounces

8 fluid ounces

8 fluid ounces

Menu Example 2: Shredded Bison Roast on Whole Wheat Bun

Shredded Locally Produced Bison Roast on
Whole Wheat Bun
Crispy French Fries
Fresh California Blend Vegetables with Low
Fat Ranch Dip

Chilled Mixed Fruit
Sliced Wheat Bread
Low Fat Milk Varieties

Food Component and Menu Item

GRADES
K-6

GRADES
7-12

OPTIONAL
GRADES K-3

Meat or Meat Alternate:
Shredded Bison Roast

2 ounces

2 ounces

1 ½ ounces

Vegetable:
Crispy French Fries
Fresh California Blend
  Vegetables

¼ to ½ cup

½ cup

¼ to ½ cup

Fruit:
Chilled Mixed Fruit

¼ to ½ cup
(Vegetables and Fruits must = ¾ cup/day + an extra ½ cup/week)

½ cup

¼ to ½ cup
(Vegetables and Fruits must = ¾ cup/day)

Grains/Bread:
Whole Wheat Bun
  (1 Bun = 2 Servings)
Sliced Wheat Bread
  (1 Slice = 1 Serving)

12 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

15 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

10 servings per week – minimum of 1 serving per day

Milk: As Beverage

8 fluid ounces

8 fluid ounces

8 fluid ounces

bison
  • Bison is low in sodium. It is also a good source of niacin, vitamin B12, zinc and selenium, and a very good source of protein.
  • The meat from bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the high proportion of proteins and minerals and low proportion of fat. Comparisons to other meat sources have also shown that bison has a greater concentration of iron as well as some of the essential fatty acids necessary for human health.
  • Bison meat fits the dietary guidelines of the American Heart Association and is often recommended by physicians to patients who should limit their fat intake. Several of the nationally recognized weight-loss programs list bison as one of their recommended "diet foods".

Sources:

Nutrition Data, www.nutritiondata.com/facts/lamb-veal-and-game-products/4800/2
Bison is Better, www.bisonisbetter.com/html/nutrition.html
Buffalo Hills Bison, www.buffalohillsbisonmeat.com/nutritional_information.php

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