National parks dishing up healthier fare this summer

June 5, 2013, USA Today

By Nanci Hellmich

Visitors to the national parks this summer will not only get a taste of nature, they’ll get a taste of healthier fare at the parks’ restaurants, snack bars, and stores.

On June 5 the National Park Service announced a new nationwide plan — the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program — to make certain all its parks offer healthy food and beverage choices.

Some of the options: lentil soup, bison hot dogs, grass-fed beef, black-bean sliders, fish tacos, fresh tomato soup, and produce from local farms. About 23 million people buy meals in national parks each year. Continue reading