Nutrient analysis is a required part of the menu certification process. Nutrient analysis includes nutrition information for all menu items (i.e. entrées, sides, condiments, and any other "extra" items) served as part of a reimbursable meal. Additionally, weekly averages for calories, sodium, and saturated fat must be assessed.
Applicants that choose Option 1 will complete the Simplified Nutrient Assessment tab included with each Excel certification worksheet. The Nutrient Instructions tab provides direction on how to complete the Simplified Nutrient Assessment.
Option 2 and Option 3
Applicants that choose Option 2 or Option 3 will provide their own nutrient analysis for each meal type and grade group being served.
Therefore, the Simplified Nutrient Assessment tab will not need completed with the Excel certification worksheet when choosing Option 2. Independent nutrient analysis must be completed using a USDA-approved nutrient analysis software.