Little Passports is such a cool way to introduce your kids to new countries and cultures. Check out their monthly subscription plans to find out more about broadening your kids’ horizons. My kids just asked me this morning if Mexico was a state. Kids love to learn, don’t they?
With back-to-school time here it’s a great time to look to some other cultures for school lunch ideas. I was interested to see what gets packed in other countries. I think I’d like to lunch in Japan just for the sushi!
In Japan, the school lunch ingredients are locally sourced and almost never frozen; in addition, the schools employ nutrition experts that work with kids and teach them the importance of good eating habits. Like the children in France, Japanese kids also eat in a community-like setting with their peers, and even their teachers! The children also wear white hats and robes to serve their classmates, which teaches them teamwork and respect. You can expect to find lots of rice, vegetables, fish, soup, and meat on the plate.
Lunch in France looks pretty fancy, too!
French children enjoy a 3 or 4-course meal that is made from high-quality ingredients, and are mostly made from scratch. The children all sit in the same eating area, the cafeteria. An interesting fact is that there are no vending machines in schools, because they’re banned due to the high sugar and fat content of the treats they carry. Typical school lunches here can have a variety of dishes and ingredients, such as grilled fish, salad, red beans, seasonal vegetables, garlic sausage, fruit salads and chocolate flan (just to name a few). Another perk is that the food is served on plates and eaten with real silverware!
Gosh, I think my kids are going to school in the wrong place. This is definitely not what’s served in their schools! Head over to Little Passports and see what else you can learn about what kids in other countries are up to this school year!