Michelle Obama out to change School Lunch

Posted on April 15, 2010 
Filed Under The Beginning of a Journey

Michelle Obama is at it again. This time her target is the school lunches served in cafeterias across the country. I’m sure you all remember your school’s lunch (I know ours often had greasy pizza and processed mozzarella sticks on the menu) but instead of getting better, many schools are getting worse as time goes on.

The federal school lunch program feeds 31 million underprivileged children in the United States every year. Of those 31 millions, many are exposed to mozzarella sticks with 21 grams of fat or pizza made of 25 artificial ingredients.

Michelle is fighting to change that. Of course, healthy food doesn’t come cheap. If a new budget it passed, an extra $1 per meal will be allotted to healthy changes. However, some people are afraid an extra dollar isn’t enough.

So what can you do to prevent your kid from eating unhealthy foods in the cafeteria?

1. Pack lunches. This is a cost effective way to make sure your little one gets all the right nutrition. Carrot sticks, sandwiches on whole grain bread and yogurt cups are great alternatives to chicken nuggets and french fries.

2. Teach your son or daughter about smart choices. Many schools have an a la carte option that allows students to choose the foods they like. Make sure your child picks the right items like fruits and veggies when available.

3. Ask for a copy of the school lunch schedule. It can be inconvenient to pack lunches every day so just pack them on the days there are no good alternatives on the menu. When healthier options come around, skip the packing and let your kid buy.

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