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Healthy School Lunches

School Lunch Project: Veggie Mac & Cheese Thermos

Laura Fuentes | Posted 10.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I really like sending warm school lunches. I've filled my kids thermoses with lasagna, spaghetti, rice, soups... and they are typically very receptive.

Nutritionists Reveal What's Really In Their Kids' Lunch Boxes

Katherine Brooking | Posted 10.10.2013 | Parents
Katherine Brooking

Yes, it's that time of year again. The summer is still in full bloom, but the school season is just around the corner. Here, six nutritionist moms reveal what they pack in their kids' lunch boxes.

A Big Fat Fail?

AP | Posted 07.31.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tan...

What The French Food Minister Thinks Of NYC School Cafeteria

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.03.2013 | New York

He may not have been dining on foie gras or fresh baguettes, but French food aficionado Guillaume Garot said he enjoyed the food he was served at a Ne...

WATCH: This 11-Year-Old Is Exposing New York City School Lunches For What They Really Are

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York

The entrée a menu describes as a “Burger Bash" may really just be a thin slice of meat. At least that’s the case when it comes to New York Cit...

If You Lead a Student to Vegetables, Will They Eat Them?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

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.

School Lunch Project: Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burritos

Laura Fuentes | Posted 06.05.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Do you find yourself throwing away small portions of leftovers because you couldn't figure out what to do with them? I know I used to!

Betcha Can't Eat Just One

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 05.20.2013 | Taste
Daniel J. Schultz

As I read Michael Moss's new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, I saw myself in it. I was one of the kids these companies targeted and successfully sold their products to.

School Lunch Project: Leprechaun Grilled Cheese

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Ask any leprechaun out there and they will tell you that they eat lots of green food items. While we only seem to look at green foods during St. Patrick's Day time, I look for new ways of giving my kids green foods year round (because they are good for them, right?).

School Lunch Project: Kids and Shaped Foods

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Laura Fuentes

A few seconds of cutting and shaping food might just be the trick you need to get your kids to try new things.

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Off Junk Food and Demanding Vegetables

Maia James | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Maia James

The snack aisle at the health food store is full of products loaded with sugar, salt and white flour -- really not health food at all!

School Lunch Project: Organize Your Fridge To Save Time And Money And Feed Your Kids Better

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Laura Fuentes

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.

School Lunch Project: The Pesto Lunch Tray

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.14.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Have you ever had your kids go nuts for a dish you thought wouldn't go over so well? You know what I mean -- you decide to try a new recipe from a cookbook, Pinterest or your favorite blog and everyone loved it!

2 Things Japanese School Kids Are Learning at Lunch

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

What if the lunch room was one less place for kids to feel isolated? Could this very same space create common ground? If everyone ate the same food, the playing field would be leveled.

School Lunch Project: Homemade Chicken Strips

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.07.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

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.

USDA To Test Greek Yogurt As Protein For School Lunches

Posted 01.30.2013 | Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot program that could place Greek yogurt in school cafeterias across the country by April as a pr...

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

School Lunch Project: Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.30.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

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.

Our Top Priority: Healthy School Lunches

Erin Ruberry | Posted 03.30.2013 | Food
Erin Ruberry

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.

School District Dumps Federal Healthy School Lunch Regulations

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

New York's Niskayuna Central School District is severing ties with the National School Lunch program, tossing out its adherence to federal regulations...

Healthy Homemade Ramen

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.26.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

What kinds of thoughts come to mind when I say, ramen noodle soup? Late-night college snack? In-case-of-emergency shelf stable food? How about a staple in many school cafeterias? We created a healthy ramen noodle soup recipe kids will love.

School Lunch Project: The Deli Box

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.16.2013 | Food
Laura Fuentes

When parents ask me what I think makes a fun lunch; I tell them that kids love familiar foods divided into compartments, rainbows of color and variety. 2013-01-14-deliboxpull.jpg

Pass The Carrots, Pass On The Chips: America's Obsession With School Lunches

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd Blog. With the passage of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free ...

The Cultural Conundrum: What Really Needs to Change to Promote Obesity Prevention Efforts

Deborah Lewison-Grant | Posted 02.19.2013 | Food
Deborah Lewison-Grant

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.

Introducing The School Lunch Project

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Danielle Crittenden

2012-12-17-usalunch2.png Welcome to HuffPost's School Lunch Project: We wish to create a forum in which we can swap stories, share ideas, and start tackling the international problem of childhood obesity together -- not simply as "societies" or "governments" but as communities, mothers, fathers, experts, and yes, you too kids.