Here are two examples:
Cereal: Flakes, Rounds, Puffed & Granola
As part of the transition to ounce equivalents, you need to serve different amounts of a cereal depending on how dense the cereal is. Puffed cereals need the highest volume while granola needs the least. Here’s a chart of all the cereals in each category. Remember: all cold cereals need to meet the sugar limit of 6 grams per dry ounce. If a whole grain is the first ingredient, the cereal counts as a whole grain rich food!
At My Food Program, we’re making the transition to ounce equivalents easy!
You don’t need to remember amounts or look at grain/bread charts if you don’t want to. When you add a grain food to your menu, you’ll see the amount (in ounces, lbs, cups or each) after each menu item. The amount that shows up on the menu is the amount that you are required to serve. For example, if you select the menu item “Muffins, enriched (in oz)” you’ll see this screen that reminds you to serve 1 oz of muffin at snack to a toddler or preschooler and 2 oz of muffin to older age groups:
If you select the menu item “Muffins, Betty Crocker, blueberry, enriched (each)” you’ll see this screen:
We’ve already done the math for you!
If you have an item that you want added to our food database, simply contact us and we’ll get it added right away in whichever units you prefer.