Like many elementary schools, or even middle and high schools probably, the school lunch my kids are served seems to be pretty much like crap on a styrafoam try. It never really looks good and I don't think it really tastes good, but the kids seems to eat it. Or pick at it. Or stare at it long enough that it's time for recess to start.
I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in the spring and it got me thinking about the crap my kids put in their bodies. In the past, I would eat lunch at school. My first few years I ate it a lot. I guess it was better then, or I was to lazy to make lunch. There were certain days I would buy lunch because it was good tasting, just not good for me. As the years have gone on and I have gotten older, had a child (which made everything drop south a bit - UGH!) and just tried to be a little healthier, I realized more than school food sucked! I think this year I bought lunch 2 or 3 times and that was it, after I got sick from the school lunch. Never again. I pack my lunch everyday!
Here's an idea of what my kids eat on a monthly basis - chicken nuggets, pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, burgers, some sort of mushy pasta, pizza, "orange chicken", hot dog, corn dog, burger, pancakes and sausage, pizza, nachos and PB&J. When you type it out, where's the healthy stuff? Oh yeah, they get to choose from the "salad bar" - brown lettuce, baby carrots or celery, some random fruit, cold veggies or beans and a selection of "healthy crackers". They choose their milk - white, chocolate, strawberry or on good days, root beer flavored milk. (I tried to copy my school menu, but...it didin't work!).
After watching Jamie Oliver's show, I started making my kids get 2 things from the salad bar in hopes they would eat it. And yep, I stood there and they had to show me their trays before they left to eat. I didn't go sit with them to make sure they were eating, but I think I might this year. I let them get their choice of milk, but only because my principal was an ass and he had harrassed another teacher when she did it. I hope that some of my kids would eat a little more of the healthier stuff once it was on their tray!
For this next year, I have a new principal (and the angels are singing!). My goal is to have my kids only get the white milk and hopefully eat their fruit and veggies, even if they aren't the best. It's better than none at all! I hope I can get the buy in of the parents to go alnog with me on the white milk thing. If only would could get all the flavored milk out, life would be great!
Here's to me packing my own lunch for the next 175 days (furloughs make the year shorter!) and to my kids hopefully making the right choices for lunch!