Better Bites Nutrition Guidelines


Better Bites Nutrition Guidelines for Concession Stands, After School Programs and Camps

A Better Bites entrée must contain 2 or more of the items below and meet the nutrition requirements in the chart below. A Better Bites side (snack, soup, salad, bread, dessert, etc.) must contain one of more of the items below and meet the nutritional requirements in the chart below. Please note that these guidelines are are somewhat different than the guidelines for Better Bites: Restaurant Edition.  (Concession stands have less equipment than restaurants so their guidelines are more lenient.  Click here for a pdf of Nutrition Guidelines for Concession Stands, After School Programs and Camps

  • ½ cup fruit
  • ½ cup vegetables (not fried)
  • 1 serving whole grain (1 slice bread or ½ cooked grain)
  • 2 ounces lean meat or ½ cup beans or ¼ cup nuts or seeds or 1 egg or ¼ cup tofu
  • Dairy -milk, cheese or yogurt  (½ cup or 1 ounce cheese)


Nutrient BB Concession Stand Entrée BB Concession Stand or After School Program Snack
Calories ≤   500 ≤   225
Fat No fried items No fried items
Added Sugar <  10 grams 16 grams
Sodium <  750 mg < 325 mg
At least two of these nutrients in amounts listed
  • 6 grams
  •  3 grams
  • 4 grams
  • 2 grams
Vitamin A
  • 10% DV
  •  5% DV
Vitamin C
  • 10% DV
  •  5% DV
  • 10% DV
  •  5% DV
  • 10% DV
  •  5% DV

If an item has significantly more of a preferred nutrient  but doesn’t meet the requirement for another nutrient, a nutritionist will evaluate it for inclusion in the Better Bites program.  For example, if a packaged oatmeal has 6 grams of fiber but is over the acceptable sugar limit by 2 grams, the merits of the fiber could override the additional sugar.

What are some Better Bites snacks?

  • Fresh fruit: red grapes, Granny Smith apples, local fruit in season
  • Veggie Dippers with light ranch dip or hummus
  • Yogurt Parfaits: vanilla yogurt + frozen berries + granola
  • Smoothies
  • Power Up: sunflower seeds + raisins
  • Chocolate covered frozen bananas
  • String cheese with whole wheat crackers
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Baked tortilla chips and salsa