When my son Oliver started public school this year, I told myself I was going to keep an open mind about the lunchroom offerings. Sadly, my preconceived notions about the food were right on target. Admittedly there is some healthy food to be had; it is just not prepared in an appealing manner. Furthermore, my son is only eager to buy on the most unhealthful days of the week, hot dogs, prepackaged peanut butter and jelly (really) & of course chicken fingers.
Granted, I don’t want to appear to be the food police, but I consider these foods to be “fun” and not ones I am happy to see on the regular lunch rotation. Though I believe in food choice, my almost 7 year old would happily eat M & M’s for dinner, washed down with a cup of Gatorade. So how can my son make proper food choices at school if there are so many more appealing, yet very unhealthy options? Is it possible for schools to offer more healthy appealing choices and stay within their budget? I recently read a very insightful column by Mark Bittman discussing these issues. Click the link to read.