These School Lunches From Around The World Contain An Important Message About Children’s Health.
Childhood diabetes in the United States is becoming a problem of epidemic proportion. To help combat the issue of childhood diabetes, Michele Obama has championed the cause to improve school lunches, through her Let's Move initiative, and played a part to get The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 signed into law.
More studies are showing how important lunch is, and how it affects a person's ability to learn and concentrate. Let's give our children the proper foundation to do well in school and also the tools to help them understand the nutritional needs of our bodies. The best way to fight childhood diabetes is through education.
Below are pictures from 9 countries exemplifying a typical school lunch. Most countries offer fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and protein. I think I would like to have a Greek lunch, what's your favorite?
Beet salad, pea soup, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries.
Tofu over rice, fish soup, fresh vegetables and kimchi.
Steak, green beans, cheese, carrots and fresh fruit.
Mixed vegetables with pork, black beans and rice, salad, baked plantains and bread.
Baked chicken over orzo, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, Greek yogurt with pomegranate and stuffed grape leaves.
Fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, baguette, caprese salad and grapes.
Gazpacho, sautéed shrimp over vegetables and brown rice, fresh peppers, bread and an orange.
Sausage and mashed potatoes, cabbage, borscht, and syrniki (a dessert pancake).
Mashed potatoes, fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, peas, fruit cup, and a chocolate chip cookie.
If you're uncertain what your child is having for lunch at school, go to school at lunchtime and eat with them. If you are not happy with the lunch choices, pack your child's lunch and make it fun, like these bento box meals.