Guide to Balanced Choices

View Comparison of Standards Between CH-UH Menu Offerings and the Institute of Medicine

Balanced Choices Snack Parameters – based on PACKAGE size
• No more than 200 total calories
• No more than 35% calories from fat per package
• No more than 10% calories from saturated fat per package
• No more than 35% sugar by weight per package (excluding whole foods)
• No more than 480 mg sodium per package

Balanced Choices Beverage Parameters – based on PACKAGE size
• 100% fruit and vegetable juice limited to 12 oz package size
• Fat free and 1% milk products, 8-16 oz package size
• Water and flavored water without added sugar, unlimited package size
• Caffeine free except for flavored milk
• Carbonated water without added sugar, unlimited package size with USDA approval
• Carbonated 100% fruit juice limited to 12 oz package size with USDA approval

Balanced Choices Meal Parameters
• No more than 30% calories from fat
• No more than 10% calories from saturated fat
• No more than 100 mg of cholesterol
• No more than 1300 mg of sodium
• Must meet specific parameters for calories, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C • and fiber