Meat/Meat Alternates

Meat/Meat Alternates must be served at lunch and supper. This includes beef, pork, lamb, veal, poultry, fish, cheese, dry beans, dry peas, eggs, yogurt, peanut butter, and nuts.

You may also serve a meat or meat alternate as one of the components of a snack. 

It is recommended you serve an extra meat/meat alternate when serving sandwiches made with egg, lunch meats, peanut butter, tuna, and cheese. Cottage cheese, yogurt or nuts could be a second protein source. Be sure to record both on your menu. 

Vegetarian meals can be served providing they follow meal pattern requirements. Examples of meat alternatives that are creditable include: natural cheese, eggs, cooked dry beans and dry peas, yogurt, peanut butter or any combination of above. 

High Sodium Meats

High sodium meats should be limited to no more than twice a week. They Include:

  • Hot dogs
  • Corn dogs
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Sausage
  • Bologna
  • Lunch meats