Find Smart Choices on Hot Lines or in Alternatives
The color-coded nutrition education systems guiding service members to choose lower-in-fat, nutrientdense “performance” foods might be more closely associated with lunch and dinner entrées, but are just as applicable to breakfast.
Throughout the day, the meals available in galleys, mess halls and dining facilities reflect the emphasis on high-value nutrients and reasonable calories over low-performance choices.
“The breakfast meal is getting 'healthier,'” said Navy Capt. Linda Sue Hite, USN, a registered dietitian at the Marine Corps Food Service and Subsistence Program. “The revised DoD (Department of Defense) Menu Standards contain guidance specifically for breakfast items.”
As an alternative to whole eggs, for example, the DoD guidance suggests egg whites or egg substitute as alternatives to reduce cholesterol and offering DHA-enhanced eggs when available and if subsistence funding is available, she explained.
Another DoD suggestion is serving two or more 100 percent fruit juices at breakfast and making either 1 percent or skim milk the primary milk option. ...