popcorn, nuts, seeds, french fries, dried meat snacks, granola bars, energy bars, breakfast bars, health bars, cookies, brownies, snack cakes, coffee cakes, pastries, doughnuts, danishes, candy, confectionery, chocolate, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, ice pops, frozen fruit bars, and other similar foods.

Items that would be considered to be entrées if sold in the reimbursable meal program, but are sold à la carte as Competitive Foods, are not subject to these Guidelines.

  1. Any fruit with no added sweeteners or vegetables that are non-fried. Since fresh fruits and vegetables vary in size and calories naturally, they have no calorie limit. However, calories for packaged fruits and vegetables are easily ascertained according to package nutrition labeling. As such, calorie limits for these fruits and vegetables are specified as follows:






no limit

no limit

no limit

packaged in own juice








  1. Any reduced-fat or part-skim cheese ≤ 1.5 oz.

  2. Any one egg with no added fat or equal amount of egg equivalent with no added fat.

  3. Any other food that meets all of the following criteria:

    1. ≤ 35% of total calories from fat

      1. Nuts, nut butters, and seeds are exempt from above limitation and are permitted.

      2. Products described in Addendum 1 are exempt and are permitted until August 31, 2008.

    1. ≤ 10% of calories from saturated fat -OR- ≤ 1g saturated fat

    2. 0 g trans fat

    3. ≤ 35% sugar by weight

    4. ≤ 230 mg sodium

      1. Lowfat and fat-free dairy products can have ≤ 480mg sodium.

      2. Vegetables with sauce, and soups can have ≤ 480mg sodium if they contain one or more of the following: ≥ 2g fiber; or ≥ 5g protein; or ≥ 10% DV of Vitamin A, C, E, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, or iron; or ≥ 1/2 serving (1/4 cup) of fruit or vegetables.

      3. Soups described in Addendum 2 are exempt and are permitted until August 31, 2008.

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