Alex, now that he’s in 7th grade, thinks school lunch is awesome. Last year, in 6th grade, he brought his lunch nearly every day. Not because of the nutritional value of lunches in elementary school, but because apparently they taste much worse. Now, the 7th grade he attends is in the same district, so I assume ingredients, recipes, etc. are all the same. For him, however, there is a distinguishable difference. For me, there is not. Most of the food at their school is not what I would call extraordinarily delicious or healthy. I hate to admit it, though, but I’m good with him finding school lunch ‘ok’ this year. I know that as a ‘foodie’ I should be concerned by the nutritional value and offerings; And, I am, I love the movements to improve the quality of school meals. I am 100% behind those actively working to make sure the meals served to our children while they are at school not only fill their bellies, but also provide nutrition.
But, here’s the thing: If my kids want to eat lunch at school, it’s fine with me. I’ve taught them about making healthy food choices. Yeah, I know when I’m not there, they don’t and won’t always, but sometimes they will. As they get older my ‘remindings’ will come to the forefront of their minds and they’ll make healthy choices…Maybe I’m delusional.
What are your thoughts on school lunches? How are your kid’s school’s lunches and do they eat them? Please let us know with a comment!