Crunchfuls Makes a Splash in School Nutrition

Crunchfuls Makes a Splash in School Nutrition!

Crunchfuls Inc showcased its new snacks and at the Annual School Nutrition Conference (ANC 2011) in Nashville, Tennessee. Crunchfuls supports the mission of the School Nutrition Association, to educate and provide exceptional nutrition for every child. Helping children eat healthier at a younger age can prevent many problems that may develop in their early or later years, like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

The Composition of Crunchfuls

Crunchfuls is composed of pulse crops, also known as pulseeds. Pulse crops are legumes (beans and lentils). Pulseeds are locally grown and manufactured, and steam-cooked in the United States. They are typically harvested in the fall. The USDA states the peas and lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, and nutrients like folate and potassium. Peas and lentils are not only found in the vegetable group, but are also found in the protein group because of their high protein content. “Proteins serve as building blocks for cartilage, bones, muscles, skin and blood (USDA).” Pulseeds embody a complete protein profile, meaning that they contain adequate amounts of all nine amino acids, necessary for various biological functions. Pulseeds also contain a great deal of soluble and insoluble fibers, as well as prebiotic oligosaccharides. The oligosaccharides found in pulses are stachyose and raffinose. In Crunchfuls, the pulses are not soaked, but rather are stone- ground. This procedure keeps in all of the nutrients as well as the oligosaccharide content. Crunchfuls cereals and snacks are a great source of complete protein and fiber, and are a superior way to make vegetables part of one’s daily diet.

Great nutrition and great focus

Children, who eat a nutritious breakfast as well as meals throughout the day, are able to learn and focus in school at a much higher rate than children who do not eat nutritious meals.  According to the article, Nutrition and School Performance, by Trish Fitzpatrick and Elsie Deroose, in the journal EPI North (The Northwest Territories Epidemiology Newsletter), eating a healthy breakfast, as well as meals throughout the day, provides children with better cognitive brain function. Also, according to the USDA, kids learn and are able to focus more effectively with a healthy diet. Just by eating healthier, children can be more focused in school, and learn at a higher rate. Crunchfuls cereal and snacks are very high in fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates, and would be a great addition to any child’s diet. 

RDA’s, AI’s and DRI’s for Children

Table 1

CHO (g)  PRO  (g)  Fiber  (g)  T Fat  (g)  S Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Sugar  (g)
 RDA  RDA  AI  AI RDA/AI
Crunchfuls Cereals (1/2C, 28 g)

22

4

4

2

0

0

3

 Crunchfuls Snacks (1 C, 28 g)

20

4

4

2.5

0

0

<1
 
1-3 Y

130

13

19

ND

0

4-8 Y

130

19

25

ND

0

Males 9-13 Y

130

34

31

ND

0

Males 14-18 Y

130

52

38

ND

0

Females 9-13 Y

130

34

26

ND

0

Females 14-18 Y

130

46

26

ND

0

DRI
1-3 Y 45-65% 45-65% 30-40% <25% T Energy
4-18 Y 5-20% 10-30% 25-35%

RDA’s AI’s and DRI’s are measured per day. RDA: Recommended dietary allowance; AI: Adequate Intake; DRI: Dietary Reference Intake

Crunchfuls manufactures healthy cereals and Snacks from beans and lentils, for any time of the day. Our cereals and snacks come from vegetables, and are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, are low in sugar and fat, contain no cholesterol, and are allergen free, gluten free, and all natural. According to the USDA’s dietary guidelines for all Americans 2010, portion control, eating a diet high in fruits, and vegetables, having half your grains come from whole grains, limiting fat, sugar, and sodium intake are all very important.

USDA’s Beans and Lentils

Table 2

Beans and Lentils Vegetable Servings Protein grams/D
1/2 cup cooked (approx 60g raw)

1

4

According to the USDA, a half cup of cooked beans and lentils is equivalent to 1 serving of vegetables or 1 serving of protein. Crunchfuls cereals and snacks are made with beans and lentils; therefore with it is easy to get servings of vegetables and protein through Crunchfuls cereals and snacks. Each ½ cup of Crunchfuls is ½ protein or ½ vegetable serving.

USDA’s Vegetable and Protein requirements for Children 

Table 3

Vegetable (C/D) Protein (OZ/D)
Children
2-3 Y

1

2

4-8 Y

1 1/2

4

Females
9-13 Y

2

5

14-18 Y

2 1/2

5

Males
9-13 Y

2 1/2

5

14-18 Y

3

6

Crunchfuls being included in The NSLP

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is implemented in over 100,000 schools today. The NSLP abides by the USDA’s Dietary guidelines for all Americans. Caloric intake and physical activity should be kept balanced. Increasing the intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important, as well limiting cholesterol, fat, and sugar intake. The NSLP encompasses lunch as well as afternoon snack. Crunchfuls’ nutrient density makes it a great candidate for the NSLP. Please refer to Tables 1 and 2.

Crunchfuls for School Nutrition

Crunchfuls cereals and snacks are nutrient dense, and are very delicious.  A healthy product like Crunchfuls would be a great addition to schools. Our products are cost effective, nutritious, and will keeps kids satisfied and focused all day long. Crunchfuls will revolutionize the school nutrition initiative by adding all natural beans and lentils to everyday cereals and snacks.

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