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Resource: Serving Meat/Meat Alternates

March 10, 2021

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Serving Meats and Meat Alternates at Lunch and Supperin the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Meats and meat alternates provide protein, B vitamins, and minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium. Protein supports growing muscles in children and helps muscles stay strong in adults. The iron in many meats and meat alternates helps the body carry oxygen within the blood. Some meats and meat alternates, such as nuts, fish, and seafood, also have healthy fats that help support heart and brain health.

Download this comprehensive resource from the USDA on the ins-and-outs of serving meats and meat alternates at lunch and at supper in the CACFP.

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