Modifying School Meal Entrées to Improve Child Legume Intake

Teri L Burgess-Champoux, Renee A Rosen, Aaron Rendahl, Angelia Marann, Len Marquart, Marla M Reicks

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We studied whether modifying school meal entrées increased legume consumption by K-6th grade children.


Five entrée items were modified to include legumes and served in 3 elementary schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area during the 2013-2014 school year. Comparisons were made between original and modified entrée items for the number of children eating school lunch who selected entrées and for intake (measured by plate waste).


Selection of modified and original items was similar for most entrées in all schools; consumption was lower for 2 modified entrées in 2 schools compared to original entrées. Overall, selection and consumption varied by entrée type and school.


Incorporating legumes into school meal entrées can increase legume consumption by children depending on entrée type.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages7
JournalHealth behavior and policy review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2018


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