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I'm doing a project on school lunches. My instructor is wonderful but she's expecting the whole Poster Board/ Visual Aid thing with a short speech. I'm pretty prepared and am doing a thing about choices with school lunches and what the children actually choose. I'm slipping in some veg. info... like I always do. Just a thing about meat-free choices and health etc.<br><br><br><br>
Any suggestions? Anyone have children and pack lunches? Do you let your children buy school lunch? What do you think of the nutrition content and what is offered? Any High-Schoolers, Middle-Schoolers here that want to have some input? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I'd really appreciate it
 

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If you are looking for examples of vegan lunches I would highly suggest the <i>Vegan Lunch Box</i> cookbook in addition to:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com</a><br><br><a href="http://veganlunchcast.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://veganlunchcast.blogspot.com</a><br><br><a href="http://theflyingvegan.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://theflyingvegan.blogspot.com</a>
 

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Thanx! I adore veganlunchbox- who doesn't? lol I was looking more for personal experience, opinions and, testimonials etc. But I am certainly using examples from her site to demonstrate healthy alternatives to school lunches <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Thanx for the suggestion!
 

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From my experience working as a school social work intern last year in an elementary school, I can say that I was absolutely APPAULED by the food served to elemetary school students. Everything was sugar, simple carbs, and food dye laden. The kids also didn't get recess on most day, and when they did, it never exceeded 10 minutes, so they'd be buzzed up all day on junk.<br><br>
They did offer a fruit option every day (an apple, or a little cup of fruit chunks - typically in heavy syrup), and sometimes a vegetable option (iceburg lettuce salad, or raw broccoli or carrots, that the kids would drown in salad dressing). The only beverage option for lunch was milk, chocolate milk, or strawberry milk -- if they wanted water, they had to pay extra.
 

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Amazing. I'm finding so much of this. It appears that when you look online at what schools are serving it seems very optomistic and when you go into a school it's very depressing. What is served does not seem to fit with what is supposed to be served and the children aren't usually making healthy choices.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway... thank you for your response! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm copying this directly from my children's lunch menu (kindergarten and 1st grade)<br><br><br><br>
Pizza or ham sandwhich, corn, apple sauce<br><br>
Sloppy Joe on bun or asst. mini sub, fries, peaches<br><br>
toasted cheese or tuna sandwhich, tomato soup, asst fruit<br><br>
chicken nuggets w/ roll or ham sandwich, green beans, jello<br><br>
hot dog or turkey sandwich, baked beans, asst fruit<br><br>
Hamburger or egg salad, peas, cookies<br><br>
spaghetti w/ garlic toast or ham sandwich, salad, pears<br><br>
Always a choice of PB & J<br><br><br><br>
YUCK! Prepackaged, nasty crap. I would like to see more vegetarian and all organic foods being offered. Thier milk is not even organic and they offer chocolate milk everyday, what kids wouldn't pick that over a healthier choice. They also have chips, doritos, cookies, and other goodies available for an extra fee. My youngest son asks if he can take an apple with his lunch everyday. Wouldn't you think they would offer a peice of fruit somewhere in there that hasn't been processed to death.
 

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I have a student (college) who is writing about this subject right now. We looked at her former high school's cafeteria menu online and it was simply dreadful! All processed, heavy on the simple carbs and animal proteins, extremely light on the fruit and veggies. We really are doing our best to ensure kids are off to a great start toward a life full of health problems, aren't we?
 

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Thanx TreeHugger for the list! I was looking for this type of thing exactly. I'm finding that what is "supposed" to be in schools is Not what they serve. I'm observing at an elementary school and the lunches are dreadful.<br><br><br><br>
And yes Eggplant, it's terrible. I agree with allowing children to make choices themselves but the education is not there to back it up. Most children vaguely know what is better for them but not Why it's a better choice or where it comes from. It does set them up for future problems and bad eating habits. Thanx for the input <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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This week's menu at my school (served to all students from Elementary, Middle and High Schools):<br><br><br><br>
Monday: Beef stroganoff, nuggets, potato chips, ice cream<br><br>
Tuesday: Grilled steak, gnocchi, fried eggplant, flan<br><br>
Wednesday: Fried chicken wings, lasagna, peas, chocolate pudding<br><br>
Thursday: Spare ribs, sautéed potatoes, cabbage, ice cream pie<br><br>
Friday: T-Bone, sausage, stuffing, jelly<br><br><br><br>
Too bad it's in Portuguese, but I can still send you the link to this menu if you want.
 

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Portuguese? Is that where the food is from, the distributor? I'd be interested in the link for reference purposes if you feel like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
And if you feel like answering these:<br><br><br><br>
What else is served? Are there vending machines? What kinds of choices to the children actually make? Any fruit or veggies? Any encouragement to make healthy decisions?<br><br><br><br>
I'd appreciate that too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Thanx bunches!!
 
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