Mixed reviews for healthier school lunch fare

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BOSTON (AP) — School cafeteria managers on the hunt for healthy food options that won't be rejected by finicky students are sampling bean burgers and other alternatives at a convention in Boston.

Nutritional standards that take effect this fall have been changed to call for less sodium and more whole grains and fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements also call for healthier snacks and drinks in school vending machines and snack bars.

Reviews were mixed Monday as cafeteria managers sampled offerings including substitutes for peanut butter at the School Nutrition Association's annual conference in Boston.

The School Nutrition Association is calling on Congress to delay some of the requirements after initially supporting them two years ago as school lunch programs are struggling to meet budgets.

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