All around the world children are preparing to return to school which means homework, new friends and lunch? Yes, that is right! Let's take a trip around the world and visit different countries to see what yummy foods the school kids are eating every day!
In France, children are enjoying 3 or 4 course meals that are made from high-quality ingredients and are mostly made from scratch. French children all sit in the same eating area, the cafeteria. With an interesting fact that there are no vending machines in French schools because they are banned due to the high sugar and fat content that those vending machine treats carry. Typical school lunches here have a variety of dishes and ingredients, such as grilled fish, salad, red beans, seasonal vegetables, garlic sausage, fruit salads and chocolate flan, but those are just to name a few. Another perk to school lunches in France is that they are served on plates and eaten with real silverware!
In Japan, school lunch ingredients are locally sourced and almost never frozen, in addition the schools employ nutrition experts that work with kids and teach them the importance of good eating habits. Japanese kids eat in a community, just like kids in France. What does eating in a community mean? They sit with their peers and even their teachers during lunch. The children in Japan wear white hats and robes to serve their classmates, which teaches them teamwork and respect. You can definitely expect to find lots of rice, vegetables, fish, soup and meat on the plate.
South African school meals include natural ingredients such as corn, squash, sweet potatoes and yams. Their meals also include rice, soft porridge and meat that is sprinkled in with the vegetables. They enjoy a special stew which is called potjiekos, which is named after potjie, a three-legged pot. This stew originated from Dutch settlers. The cook puts vegetables, meat, potatoes and spices into the potjie, which is then heated by small amounts of wood and twigs.
School lunch in Colombia includes ingredients that usually vary from region to region, but can contain rice, potatoes, fruit, beans, meatball and vegetables such as corn and avocados. They also have a special vegetarian menu available and children from the ages of 2 to 5 years old have their food cut and portioned into smaller sizes.
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What intrigues you the most about school lunches across the world? Which lunch would you enjoy the most?
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