Lunch doesn't have to be all about sandwiches.
It is important that at some point, before any of these kids grow up and have families of their own, vegetables and fruits become a basic component of their daily food intake. And if they are not eating these foods at home, then school is the first and last resort.
As the mother of a high school student, I know how hard it can be to get teenagers to reach for wholesome snacks instead of junk food. Yet I also believe that judicious government interventions can tweak our environment in ways that make it easier to eat healthier food and get out and move.
Assuming you have lots of school lunch ideas already, here are 10 easy swaps for healthier lunches and snacks. When in doubt, go back to basics and use fresh ingredients.
If we decentralize the process of making food and make the decision to go back to functioning kitchens in schools, we can create new, quality jobs, help grow a healthier generation and maybe even save money!
A few seconds of cutting and shaping food might just be the trick you need to get your kids to try new things.
In order to remedy the "mom, can we get Spaghetti O's for dinner?" question, I decided to make my own version.
Perhaps the conference had not intended to give us hope -- but rather to disrupt any complacency around the pace of change and the evolution of a national agenda around food policy.
With a little planning and a couple of hours one night per week, your fridge could look organized and ready for your week, just like mine.
The days of snacking on candy, soda and chips in schools may soon be over. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new proposed standards for snacks sold at schools.
I refuse to order fried chicken that arrives in a box, at room temperature and with no other fresh ingredients for my daughter's lunch. Instead, I make my own baked chicken strips one night every few weeks. I hope your family enjoys them as much as she does.
When it comes to packing fresh fruit in our children's school lunch, the difficulty often lies in how to pack it so it stays fresh through the lunch hour and making sure it doesn't go to waste.
Calling for a "delicious revolution," Alice Waters was a main draw at Saturday night's Sips & Suppers, a benefit raising money for D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table. The mother of the slow food movement advocated "slow food ideas" -- and said that starts with providing free school lunch.
Kids are rebelling at the healthy food they feel is being shoved at them on a government spoon. Is there any winning with the 31-million American kids who participate in the National School Lunch Program?
Schools are powerful platforms for promoting healthier eating, food system reform and sustainability. Ignoring the health of employees puts a valuable asset at risk and misses a critical opportunity to activate school personnel as agents of change.
For those who heralded the new healthy eating regulations in schools, it may come as a shock to read about the reactions of students around the country. But our society is geared toward the overeating of mass-produced, nutritionally bankrupt food.