Lunch Revolution

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I truly believe that school lunches need to have a revolution! I very much support the efforts of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the blog Fed Up with Lunch, and also Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet.

I wrote a post not too long ago about those three in more detail, you can see it here.

Even though I am a home educator I know that most children in our nation attend public schools and I believe that every one of them deserves to eat healthy food at school.

The kids spend so much time at school and eat many meals at school, especially those of low income who also receive breakfast before school. It is appalling what is allowed to be served to these children, and unbelievable that pizza is even an option for breakfast.

It truly is an outrage that people who are trying to make a positive difference in school foods run into so much opposition from the schools and from the USDA food program.

Yes children should be offered choices - but they should be offered healthy choices!

Schools should be willing to make funding sacrifices for the sake of the children. It is well known that schools allow vending machines full of candy, pop, and flavored milk for the sole purpose of bringing in money for the schools. That is why schools fight tooth and nail to keep those vending machines in.

Money is more important than the health of the children.

Not only the health of the children but also the education. With all of those sugars that are offered to the kids that really affects the way that they are able to focus on schoolwork and learning.

Imagine a bunch of children jacked up on sugar from those vending machines trying to sit down and focus on learning the material that they are supposed to be learning. No wonder so many schools recommend putting kids on ADHD medication, kids hyped up on sugar will look like ADHD kids to those who are trying to teach them.

Many studies show how altering the diet can greatly help children with behavioral issues. If the schools would focus on feeding children healthy foods they would also see a lot of other issues resolve themselves.

Wouldn't it be great to have a lot of kids un-labeled and off medications? It truly would make a huge difference for the kids!!

Getting healthy foods in schools would be great on so many levels:

1. Driving down the alarming rise in childhood obesity
2. Once kids get over the sugar and fat addictions (which those foods truly do cause addictions) they will actually enjoy eating healthy foods!
3. Lowering the rising rate of diabetes in children
4. Lowering the rate of behavioral problems
5. Lowering the rate of children being medicated
6. Raising the standards of education as children will be able to focus better in school
7. Driving down the prices of healthy foods if more people are eating and demanding them
8. Many more, feel free to comment and add yours!

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post, please feel free to join my blog (on the right) as I've just moved my blog and that's why I'm low on followers.

Also here are a couple of healthy recipes to give a try!

Black Bean and Guacamole Salad
12 whole tortilla chips
4 cups broken tortilla chips
3 cups chopped lettuce
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups guacamole
1 tablespoon lime juice
chili powder or paprika

Arrange whole tortilla chips on outside edge of a large plate, point out. Spread broken chips on rest of plate. Layer lettuce, black beans, and guac over top. Drizzle on sour cream. Sprinkle with paprika or chili powder.

Vegetarian Crockpot Enchiladas

1-3/4 lbs. canned crushed tomatoes in tomato purée
14 ounces chunky style prepared salsa
6 ounces tomato paste
2 lbs. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 lb. corn kernels, thawed if frozen
1/4 lb. canned diced mild green chilies, drained
1-1/2 Tbs. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 corn tortillas
2 ounces olive slices, drained

Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour about 1 cup of mixture into the bottom of an electric slow cooker on low heat. Spread evenly and top with 1-1/2 tortillas, cutting to fit pot. Spread 1/3 of remaining tomato mixture over top. Repeat layering process, ending with tomato mixture. Spread top evenly. Sprinkle with olives. Cover and cook about 5 hours. Serve hot. This recipe serves 5 people.


Mrs. Q said...

The food/ADHD connection is so underappreciated. Thanks for bringing that up and participating. I love using my crockpot for dinner -- I'll have to try the veggie enchiladada recipe!

Mrs. Q said...

I'm having trouble with commenting -- try commenting yourself and you will see that the comment box cuts off. Thanks!

Stacy said...

Thank you so much for the comment!

I wonder why you're having trouble commenting, it's working with my browser...?

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