Vermont public schools have banned brownies, reports Vermont Watchdog. Instead, children will be encouraged to eat fruit shish kebab, kale smoothies and “gluten-free paleo lemon bars.”
(Fewer than 1 percent of people need to avoid gluten, according to my nutritionist stepdaughter, who was a school lunch designer until recently. She enjoys snacking on brownies.)
Vermont is trying to comply with nutrition mandates in the Smart-Snacks-in-Schools program. The rules apply to cafeteria items, vending machines and school fundraisers. However, mothers will be allowed to send brownies or cupcakes to celebrate a child’s birthday in class.