Give a big hat's off to school foodservice. They are the front line of a wave of students crashing into a cafeteria or classroom looking for food. They are the ones serving food as quick as possible. They are the ones encouraging food choices.
During October 10-14 this year, it is National School Lunch Week. As parents and guardians, this is a great time to talk with your kids and your school about lunch. Consider these talking points.
- Are their favorites salty, crunchy, soft, sweet, sour, etc?
- Are their "no thanks" foods mushy, soft, too sweet, too sour, etc?
- Ask your kids if they had time to finish eating?
- Were they full or still hungry?
- How much of their plate did they eat?
- Do you want to eat a banana or a kiwi today? (If they have never had a kiwi, think about trying one at home.)
- Do you want to try the glazed carrots or the lettuce salad?
- My child does not like the whole-grain pizza. Are there other kids that do not eat it either? Can we try another brand or recipe?
- I would like to see a themed-meal once a month. Can we do a school-spirit themed menu in a couple months?
- Ask your kids if they tried any new foods in class?
- Which ones did they like?
- Any they want to have at home?
Today's post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying new foods, gaining confidence in healthy eating, and getting back into our kitchens.
Photo source: School Nutrition Association