School Lunch: What Do The Kids Eat?
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In many countries, schools serve a lunch meal to the children. This is an important source of nutritients and calories for many kids but due to budgetary restraints or lack of information (and/or imagination) the food is often bland or plain unhealthy. Some schools serve local, organic vegetables. I like how kids here in Japan (and Korea) have to learn how to take responsibility by serving their classmates. They take turns bringing the pots and dishing up the rice and other foods. Each classroom is a unit. There are no cafeterias or lunch halls. Hygiene is taught and a solemn Itadakimasu - a kind of greeting to the food, is said before eating. Below the fold, some photos of school lunches from other countries.Photo: Red Valley Times
South Korea: Rice, kimchi, salad, tofu stew, pork, yoghurt drink
Photo: Red Valley Times
Japan: Rice, fish, vegetable soup (with seaweed), pickled cucumbers, milk
Photo: Healthy Schools Campaign
Salad of butter lettuce with smoked duckTomato and fresh mozzarella saladSmoked salmon with asparagus and creme fraicheRoasted chicken with roasted root vegetables and roasted potatoesApples with sabyonFresh strawberriesGoat cheeseFrench breadWater
A book recently published in the United States is helping parents re-think the school lunch box. David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine, and Matt Goulding wrote the Eat This, Not That For Kids as a reference for parents. Chapter 5 covers eating at schools, which means the school cafeteria. Vending machines choices are also included because most schools (unfortunately) have them. In some parts of the U.S. there are great initiatives to provide organic, healthy school lunches, but we clearly have a long way to go. How about your area? Comments please!
Written by Martin Frid at greenz.jp