We promote healthy lifestyles at every meal.
At SAGE, we raise the bar by preparing delicious, high-quality meals that are also nutritious. We use whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and house-made entrees to offer a balanced menu. Our nutrition education materials guide students to make their own food choices. As providers of nourishment for children, it is our responsibility to arm them with the proper knowledge and resources to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Our Commitment to Nutrition extends to our Spotlight Program and its key messages of variety, balance and moderation. These concepts help students develop a positive relationship with food and understand how to make informed choices. The Spotlight Program is also utilized by our managers and chefs to create menus that exemplify variety, balance and moderation.
In addition, SAGE maintains standards for foods served to promote optimal health. Our team of registered dietitians works with our managers and chefs to develop recipes that adhere to these nutrition standards.
Helping Students Make Informed Choices
SAGE believes all foods fit on your plate when you practice variety, balance and moderation. The SAGE Spotlight Program® makes this easy! We assign color-coded dots to all menu items to guide your decisions. Our program encourages a healthy relationship with food that is both fun and nutritious.
A balanced approach to eating relies on getting a variety of nutrients from a broad array of foods. Moderation is key since all foods contain differing amounts of nutrients. The green, red and yellow dots indicate how much and how often certain foods should appear on a plate.
Green spotlight foods are the foundation of your plate. Simply prepared fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and non-fat dairy are common green dot foods. Add a variety of these foods to at least half your plate for added color and nutrients.
Yellow spotlight foods add a mix of nutrients and flavors to your plate. Yellow dot foods include fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and low-fat dairy prepared with moderate amounts of added sugar, fat and/or salt. Balance your plate by filling a quarter to a half of it with yellow dot foods.
Red spotlight foods provide valuable nutrients, but also contain some you want to moderate. Focusing on portion or frequency is a great way to enjoy red dot foods. Reserve a quarter of your plate for foods like macaroni and cheese, or add items like pizza to your plate a couple times per week.
SAGE's registered dietitians evaluate and update the program on an ongoing basis. As part of the SAGE Signature Service®, they also analyze recipes and review menus for balance, completeness and accuracy.