Did you know that on a typical day, 32 million children in the U.S. eat cafeteria food? Or that most of these students consume over half of their daily calories at school?
Facts like these motivate us to connect kids to real food, and teach them how to make healthy choices through our sweetgreen in schools program. School cafeterias are one of the biggest areas of opportunity that exist in the battle against childhood obesity. Recently there has been discussion about what constitutes a quality lunch, so we took a look at some typical school meals around the world, and how our own country stacks up.
Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes
Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries
Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit
Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains
Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies
Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds
Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage and syrniki (a dessert pancake)
Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread and an orange
Fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie
So, what do you think of the school meals from around the world?