Nevada’s Smart Snacks Approved List School Year 2015-2016


What are the Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards?

As required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and Nevada's School Wellness Policy, all food and beverages sold or given away to students on school property during the school day must meet the Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards. This includes student stores, fundraisers, vending machines and foods brought a student to share with the class. This does not apply to foods or beverages sent to school with children for them to consume.

Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards specify the following:

  1. Foods must meet ALL of the following requirements:
    • Calories: 
      • Snack/Side Item- Less than or equal to 200 calories per item as served (includes any accompaniments) 
      • Entrée- Less than or equal to 350 calories per item as served (includes any accompaniments)
       
    • Sodium: 
      • Snack/Side Item- Less than or equal to 230 mg per item as served until June 30, 2016 (≤200 mg after July 1, 2016)
      • Entrée- Less than or equal to 480 mg per item as served
       
    • Fat: 
      • Total Fat- Less than or equal to 35% of calories 
      • Saturated Fat- Less than 10% of calories 
      • Trans Fat– 0 grams per serving
       
    • Sugar: 
      • Total Sugar- Less than 35% by weight
       
     
  2. Foods must meet ONE of the following requirements:
    • Be a grain product that contains more than 50% whole grains by weight or have whole grains listed as the first ingredient on the food label
    • Have listed as the first ingredient on the food label, one of the non-grain main food groups: fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein foods
    • Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup fruit and/or vegetable; OR Contain 10% Daily Value (DV) of Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin D or Dietary Fiber (Effective through June 30, 2016).
     
  3. Click here to view requirements for beverages, caffeine and chewing gum.

    Use the Smart Snack Calculator

    To find out if a food meets the Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards, use this smart snack calculator provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

    Fresh fruits and vegetables, with no added ingredients such as added sugar, dressings or dips are always allowable items. If a fresh fruit or vegetable has other ingredients added, it will need to meet the Nutrition Standards listed in the policy.

      Example Packed Food & Beverage Items for Student Stores, Vending Machines, Snack Bars

      This resource was created to provide a list of approved shelf-stable packaged food and beverage items ideal for Nevada school student stores, vending machines and snack bars. Please note that the foods and beverages listed below are only examples. You can determine in any food item meets the Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards, using this smart snack calculator provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.