Changes to the school lunch program have caused quite a stir lately. The government, who picks up the tab for school lunches, have attempted to make school lunches healthier.
Anyone who has watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution can attest to the disgustingness of school lunches.
But what irks me about the reports is how they’ll talk about how kids are hungry, and then talk about how all this food is being thrown out, and then blame the government. Um? Maybe if those spoiled kids would eat the food they’re throwing out, they wouldn’t be hungry.
The lunches are capped at 850 calories. I’m sorry, but that’s a lot. I’m on a plan that gives me 1,200 a day, plus what I burn working out, if I want to meet my weight loss goals. I might not always stay under that, but I sure do try!
But 850 is more than 2/3 of what I’m allowed a day. And I know that growing children need more food than adults, but still 850 for a whole meal seems like a lot.
For example, 850 calories is more than 5 pounds of baby carrots, just under 3 pounds of apples, or three slices of Little Caesar’s pepperoni pizza. I’m pretty sure I would be filled up on any of those, so I don’t see what the students are complaining about.
Yes, school lunches are not always going to be your favorite food. You know what I would do if school lunch wasn’t my favorite? I ate what I liked, skipped what I didn’t and ate a snack when I got home. It was my fault I was hungry, I was the one being picky, and no one thought to blame the cooks or the government.
The one who pays for the meal gets to make the say. If your kids or you don’t like what’s being served, make them lunch. No one said they had to eat the USDA food.