USA School Lunch - Hummus

Country: USA

Contents: Hummus, pita, celery, baby carrots, red pepper, apple

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: Healthy? Absolutely. Balanced? What are your thoughts? No dairy, no meat. But, I'm sure it comes with milk, and you get protein from the beans and the milk.

16 comments:

  1. To me this looks very appealing. Hummus is nice and calorie dense, so this would probably keep a person energized through the rest of the school day.

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  2. Meat with every meal is not necessary. Americans do tend to eat too much meat. (I love America and Americans so I am not criticising ). There is protein in the humus so it is a balanced meal. I would love this.

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  3. I run a kitchen in a private school and there are a lot of factors not considered in school lunch when commenting on "healthy" and "nutritious".
    1. It doesn't matter what an adult thinks about a lunch (no further than spending their money on it) if the child hates the lunch it goes in the trash...and your not there to see it every day like I am.
    2. Parents have to lead the way in better eating and cooking. If you don't eat and cook healthy at home your child has no reason to think they should eat that way.
    3. I started out our menus with a lot more "healthy" options and the parents that were responsible to order meals for their kids would not order them NOT compared to the 30 to 45% uptick of orders I got for lunches like; Cheeseburger, chicken tenders, fries....AND SINCE our school lunch budget dies or survives (we are not subsidized by the government, why would we give up control?) on income/purchase we have to cater to what sells.
    Unfortunately most parents who want their kids to eat healthy or more nutritious are not a majority, or they are talking the talk but not walking the walk with their kids and their money.

    I know some will get offended by this, buts its the truth. We have infant to k4 preschool AND k5 to 12th grade. About 240 students. And I have been doing the numbers for the last three years. America is saying one thing, but is purchasing another. OR your child is throwing away the food.

    I watch the trash can at all three lunches, the trash can doesn't lie...and neither do food orders. And most of us have to "follow the money" or risk going to back to bag and catered in lunches (in private schools) and I have seen the majority of what is packed for kids lunches...disheartening is an understatement.

    My point is: Parents you can't expect your kids to eat better than you eat, or better than you provide at home. And you should take time to pack lunch in order to send a "measurable" account of parents who will not order lunch until something changes.~ And yes, the majority of kids throw those lunches (above) away. Just because we think its good does not mean our kids will eat it.

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  4. Meat and dairy are completely unnecessary. This is great - lots of veggies and grain, a good protein source, and fruit. The only thing I'd change is make it wholewheat bread instead of white bread. But: Good start!

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    1. Not everyone agrees that wheat is healthy--but I would agree that whole wheat instead of white is a small step in the right direction. Maybe increase the amount of hummus and hopefully it's made with a quality oil, not canola...

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  5. Balanced? Definitely. It has grains, protein, and fruits & vegetables. There is actually protein in vegetables and whole grains, as well as the hummus and milk. If the bread is whole grain, then this lunch seems pretty perfect.

    The school is the "Environmental Charter School" so it's possible that they understand that overconsumption of meat is actually one of the most devastating things we can do to the environment. Cutting back to eating meat only a few times a week drastically reduces your carbon footprint. News article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/19/eating-a-lot-of-meat-is-hurting-the-environment-and-you-should-stop-top-u-s-nutritional-panel-says/

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  6. there is plenty of protein here in the hummus and veggies...

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  7. This is a perfectly fine vegan meal. We need more vegetarian & vegan meals. Nobody *needs* dairy after weaning & there are plenty of vegetarian protein options.

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  8. In my opinion I think this lunch is well balanced. You have to remember obesity is a big issue now, and its not like its dinner its a lunch. we don't always have to eat meat for lunch, its suppose to be a little snack.

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  9. In my opinion, there is no meat in this meal, so I wouldn't touch it. Not everyone is vegan. It's not about what adults want, it's about what the students want. You need to make the students happy with what they're eating. I get the point of trying to make a healthier lunch, but this looks like it's under 100 calories. 2,000 calories is a rough average of what people eat in a day. But your body might need more or less than 2,000. Height, weight, gender, age and activity level all affect your caloric needs. There are three main factors involved in calculating how many calories your body needs per day. I just feel like we need to think about the students first instead of the adults think of what they want to.

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  10. In my opinion, there is no meat in this meal, so I wouldn't touch it. Not everyone is vegan. It's not about what adults want, it's about what the students want. You need to make the students happy with what they're eating. I get the point of trying to make a healthier lunch, but this looks like it's under 100 calories. 2,000 calories is a rough average of what people eat in a day. But your body might need more or less than 2,000. Height, weight, gender, age and activity level all affect your caloric needs. There are three main factors involved in calculating how many calories your body needs per day. I just feel like we need to think about the students first instead of the adults think of what they want to.

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  11. I like hummus and veggies but for me this would be a midmorning snack, would be left starving within two hours if this was my lunch

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