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Everyone from teachers to medical professionals say that kids who eat a nutritious school lunch not only have less trouble focusing in class, they also carry over their good eating habits into adulthood. So how healthy are America’s school lunches, compared to the international competition? According to sweetgreen, the United States falls somewhat short.
The National School Lunch Program is designed to provide kids with low-cost, nutritionally balanced meals based on guidelines from the USDA. Of course, the prohibitive size of the United States means that when the lunches finally end up in front of the kids, they look like this.
Spanish school children are actually given shrimp as part of the state’s school lunch program. Something that would never make an appearance in an American lunch, followed by a side dish of peppers, gazpacho, and a seeded roll. There’s also half an orange for dessert.
Even in Ukraine, the kids are given a lunch that looks far fresher than the American example. In addition to some sausage and mashers, kids are given a cup of borscht, pickled cabbage, and a sweet pancake for dessert. It’s still better-looking than USA’s chicken nuggets.
Greek school kids eat a meal of fresh baked chicken on a bed of orzo. On the side, they’re given a cucumber and tomato salad, stuffed grape leaves, a yogurt with pomegranate seeds. For dessert, they’re given two cute, little oranges with the leaves still attached.
5. South Korea
South Korean school kids are able to enjoy a meal that’s heavily based on rice and cabbage. In addition, the children are given fresh peppers and steamed broccoli as well as a steaming cup of fish soup and green onions.
Brazilian students might just have the most delicious school lunches on the planet. A main course of rice and black beans is coupled with pork, peppers and coriander. On the side, they’re given green salad and a seeded roll with baked plantains for dessert.
In France, the kids are given a little feast that would run good money at a nice restaurant in the States. In addition to a slice of rare steak, seasoned carrots, and green beans, French school children are actually given a nice chunk of brie for lunch. That decadent flavor is complemented with fresh fruit for dessert.
The schools in Finland skew vegetable heavy. The children are looking at a delicious pea soup, a crusty roll, seasoned carrots, and beetroot salad. Once they’ve plowed through the beets, they can turn their attention to a sweet pancake and berries
It’d almost be a national embarrassment if Italian school children weren’t fed a mouth-watering meal, right? Pasta with fish, two kinds of salad including one beautiful-looking caprese, a bread roll, and fresh grapes for desert.
What School Dinners are served in your country?