WoW! My kids do eat fruit and veggies at home and I pack my daughters lunch with the same kind of stuff but she is picky that her apples must be peeled, and I seriously doubt she will eat hummus or black bean salad. Really, there are other healty options that are not extravagant. The governement needs to stay out of kids lunches, let each parent do it. Of course there are some parents that don't have a clue on what is healthy, but that is parental education that is needed. Just because you feed them 1 meal a day at school that is healthy doesn't mean it will make that much of a difference when their parents don't have a clue at home.
Agreed. Some kids are not overweight and need to eat. My kids for example, my daughter is 90% in height and weight, but my son is 90% in height but 25% for weight. She needs more veggies and fruits but he needs a meal with a little more calories since he is so active and burns them quickly. I can't imagine if he went to school and didn't eat lunch everyday...that would be detrimental to his overall health.
Parents have many options. My kids didn't like the lunches in early 2002-and after. I packed them a lunch that they did like. The chicken nuggets and pizza was always snubbed. Maybe it's a trial and error situation. Here, most students get to have snacks up through 6th grade. (mine did). They brought something from home that they could eat while doing their work at their desks. Goldfish, pretzels. Not every new policy goes over well. All all fairness, Mrs Obama means well. If children are in public school, they get public lunches. (Unless they bring something from home.)
I had a girl tell me one day that she was upset, she couldn't have a roll with her salad only if she bought Chicken strips, when she asked the cafeteria lady the lady said "You can thank Michelle Obama" for that. They have actually revamped the food since my kids were there, at our schools they have salads etc, no fried food. Much better/healthier than it used to be. They do not bring in Chick fila or Pizza Hut like CISD does.
But the one big thing that bothers me is that the State of Texas said all "sodas" had to come out, but yet they still have Powerade and all that other garbage that kids shouldn't be drinking either. Those drinks have nearly as much sugar as sodas.
PB & J isn't racist, its a pure kids food. give the kids three options, most choose pb&j over grilled cheese and mac n' cheese, but there options i give my kids are pb&j...its all how you percieve things. would you perceive pb&j to be racist if you never heard of such things?
I don't understand why kids are such picky eaters. We ate everything except liver. Our snacks were ring bologna on ritz crackers and longhorn cheese squares. Also, popcorn. We didn't eat all the candy kids eat today. Sweets were in the form of a small Dairy Queen cone. Children eat a lot of snack type foods that are purely carbohydrate. My granddaughters eat those cheese blasted fish crackers, candy, etc., and all before they eat their meals. So, they pick. One doesn't eat veggies, neither eat hotdogs, etc. It is a nightmare to find something to feed both of them. I would go crazy (and do when they are here) if I had to work around those finicky eaters everyday.
I am a finicky eater. I don't eat chicken, fish or venison. I like very few veggies. I like very little fruit. Meat and potatoes are my thing.
Very healthy! (joke)
I think that taste for things is largely induced by education, if you expose your kid to a wide variety of ingredients and cooking styles & methods, they will eat a lot more diverse when the grow up. Allowing a kid to skip some things without even trying is bad.
If you notice, most obese people don't eat diverse food, they eat comfort food.
My kid came one day from school telling me that he doesn't like onions. I'm sure that some "cool" kid in school said that. I took me more that a week to get him to stop saying that. He ate onions since he was a baby, so I knew that this was something social. Then I realized that he could "show off" all the things that he ate. For example, he eats raw oysters, and he knows that no other kid in school does, he eats octopus and brags about it. Somehow I transformed the food to an adventure.
Now I can proudly say that there is nothing (yet to know) that my kid doesn't eat.
You name it, sweetbreads, mushrooms, any vegetable, raw fish, raw oysters, raw clams, octopus, beef tongue, chicken feet (dim sum), crawfish, alligator, ants, liver, chicken hearts...
We was able to use chopsticks since he was 3.
Of course there are favorites like sushi, pizza and even McDonald's, but he likes everything.
He is very interested in the background of food, the ethnicity, the flavor profile. No he knows by the aroma, looks, and flavor from what region a food is from.
Friends with kids about the same age as mine have told me that their kids started to ask for more kinds of food since they started hanging out with my kid.