When kids go to school every day they need to stop halfway through the day to refuel. Some bring their lunches and some choose to eat what the school offers. It’s interesting to see what different countries think are actually better meals. Some focus on calories and protein while some don’t seem to have any focus at all. For several years now there has been a lot of controversy over the number of obese kids in the United States. School lunches have been adjusted over that time to reflect a more healthy eating style. You’ll see in a few minutes that some of the meals are geared toward better taste over health. What the controversy doesn’t take into consideration however is they focus on what is served in the schools. That can be controlled but what the kids bring on their own can’t be controlled. They can offer healthier meals for the kids to eat but if they bring their own lunch from home it really doesn’t matter. Today you’ll see several school lunches from around the world and you can compare them from country to country. Some of them don’t look very good but are actually very healthy. It’s fun to see what each region feels is best for the kids to eat each day. The question is though, if kids aren’t enticed by the way it looks, what’s to stop them from bringing their own lunch from home? Apparently it’s a common practice in Iran, as you’ll see shortly.This lunch of curd-rice, sambar and rassogula doesn’t look very good at all.
They say this is an unhealthy meal for kids. Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, a fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie. It may not be healthy but it looks like a good lunch!
This is called a healthy lunch but it looks pretty gross doesn’t it? Fish, scrambled egg in tomato sauce, soup, rice, cauliflower and spinach. Some of it doesn’t look too bad but that fish looks pretty bad.
It looks like a well balanced meal of rice, beans, meat, bread, vegetables, banana and an alface acelga salad. The portions could be a little bigger but it’s definitely bigger than what you’ll see in Japan.
This elementary school lunch has milk, soup, bread and pickles. While the content itself may be good there certainly isn’t enough of it.
This lunch of Lechón kawali, rice and liver sauce surely leaves kids hungry during the second half of the school day.
This Japan school lunch looks a little better than the previous one as far as quantity goes but the quality may be a bit low. It has Udon, cheese-stuffed chikuwa (which is a fish sausage), milk and a frozen mandarin orange.
This one doesn’t look all that bad. It has mashed potatoes, sausage, cabbage, borscht, and syrniki which is a kind of dessert pancake.
Some kids in Iran bring their lunch to school and who can blame them based on some of the photos we have seen. This looks like a great lunch of rice, tomato and a lamb kebab. It looks filling and tasty.
This doesn’t look like something that would come out of Spain but it looks pretty good none the less! It contains sautéed shrimp, brown rice, vegetables, fresh peppers, gazpacho, an orange and bread.
France thinks that kids should be given the same type of meals as adults eat. Maybe to get them on the fast track to adulthood? The main course looks pretty good.
Here is another delicious looking school lunch from France. It has a baguette, couscous, salad, mixed veggies in sauce and meat. Kids in France probably look forward to lunch just as much as the American kids do.
If you’re looking for a very unexciting school lunch you’ll find it in the Czech Republic. It has soup, chicken, rice, dessert with an egg on top of it, hot tea and juice. It sounds good but it certainly doesn’t look very good.
Some of what’s on the tray of this Singapore school lunch looks pretty good but where is the rest of it?
Salad, pudding, chicken curry, string beans, milk and carrots — now that looks like it can take care of a hungry kid!
Healthy doesn’t always equate to looking good. It may be good for them but the kids may not be looking forward to this every day.
Lots of veggies here for the school kids in the U.K. It certainly doesn’t look very good does it?
Meat and potatoes is never a bad meal anywhere!
This lunch meal sounds like it’s healthy but it look very good. It has pork and rice with pudding wrapped in banana leaves. It sounds a lot better than it looks doesn’t it?