Image by john.murden via FlickrHave you taken a good look at a school lunch lately? I admit that I hadn't really paid much attention. I assumed that my kids eating a hot lunch at school had to be better than the sandwich I would pack. Recently I've been doing some research that has led me to believe I was really off the mark on this one.
Did you know that a corn dog, ketchup, cherry Jello, and milk is a balanced meal? Um, excuse me? Yes, according to the school cafeteria this meal provides protein, grain, vegetable, fruit, and dairy. Ketchup is a vegetable? Pickles and salsa are too. Darn, I need to plant a ketchup plant! I'll put it right next to my cherry Jello fruit tree!
As a mother and a childcare provider, this strange concept of fruit and vegetables really concerns me. My childcare kids eat much better than this. Now, I'm not against serving an occasional corn dog with ketchup, but why not serve that alongside some carrot sticks, milk, and say a banana. I prefer actual fruit and vegetables to condiments and fruit flavored snacks.
What do you think? What are the school lunches like in your neck of the woods?