Best Practice: Flavor Stations


Several schools in NE Iowa have seen success with “Flavor Stations” or “Spice Stations” in lunchrooms. The stations are a great way to give students a way to experiment with different flavors for their food beyond added salt, sugar or fat.



Waukon High School


When introducing the station, the school resource contact, teacher or cafeteria coach can help introduce the flavors to the students. Students will ask for recommendations. They will also ask each other for advice, and friends will help friends sprinkle if hands are full. Generally, the students are thankful for the options.  Most importantly, students are trying new things!


Decorah High School

Decorah High School

Station Flavors (*Favorites)

Onion powder
Garlic powder
Black pepper*
Chile powder
Parsley flakes
Red pepper flakes
Mrs. Dash
Mixed vegetable seasoning
Dill weed
Lemon Pepper seasoning
Lemon Wedges*
Tabasco sauce
Sriracha sauce
Taco sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Balsamic vinegar


More ideas:

School Meals that Rock – Flavor Station Pinterest Board

Flavor Stations: Spicing Up School Meals, Healthy Kids Research Brief, April 2015


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