I used to love school lunch.
My favorites included roast turkey with gravy, baked spaghetti and those square-shaped pizzas you’d only find in a public school cafeteria.
I’d check the lunch schedule religiously — more often than my daily assignments — to figure out what days I needed to ditch class a little earlier to beat the rush.
Turns out the days of actually enjoying school lunch may be coming to an unfortunate end.
In an attempt to combat childhood obesity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revamped school lunch menus this August with Congress-approved calorie limits that have caused grumblings by both mouths and stomachs.
Kids are hungry; the lighter lunch fare — two baked fish nuggets, a cup of veggies, half a cup of mashed potatoes and a whole grain roll — just isn’t satisfying.
Check out this spoof of the new menus — and how they’re leaving kids starving all day.
There isn’t a simple solution to this. On the one hand, government is trying to do something to deal with rising obesity numbers among school children. But on the other hand, is this really the best way to combat a trend that isn’t solely the fault — or responsibility — of education?
I remember the days when, as kids, we could literally eat whatever we wanted. We rode our bikes, played soccer, and ran around the neighborhood — those calories were burned off in minutes. Even in college, I remembered eating at Taco Bell just about every day, no problem. (Of course, that ended once I turned 30. But that’s another blog.)
So what happened?
There were many times I daydreamed about school lunch, wishing we had something like that at our office. I could just walk downstairs, grab a tray and, for $1.50, get a well-balanced meal finished with a buttery sweet roll or shortbread cookies. What a deal.
But fish nuggets and a cup of veggies? Nah, I’ll pass.
What do you think about these new regulations? And what memories do you have of school lunch? Do you miss it as much as I do?