Sad American School Lunches vs. Other Countries

Sad American School Lunches vs. Other Countries

More than one-third of kids in America are obese or overweight. In 2013, the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools, served 5.1 billion lunches, Bloomberg reports. The quality of these lunches must somehow correlate to the health of America’s youth, considering more than 32 million children are served NSLP every day.

Parents could model better eating habits and stock their crispers with fresh fruit and vegetables, but a viable starter solution might begin at lunchtime. Sweetgreen, a healthy quick-serve restaurant that values local and organic ingredients, clarified disparity between American student lunches and those of other countries by photographing typical school lunches from around the world. The visuals are eye-opening.

1. A typical lunch served in the U.S.


Fried “popcorn” chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie.

2. Brazil


Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains.

3. Italy


Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes.

4. Finland


Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries.

5. South Korea


Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies.

6. France


Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit.

7. Greece


Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds.

8. Ukraine


Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage and syrniki (a dessert pancake).

9. Spain


Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread and an orange.

Source: Huffington Post

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