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  • Whether carrying a brown bag from home,

  • picking up a tray from the lunch person,

  • or serving up the food themselves,

  • lunchtime at school can be one of the most

  • important parts of a child's day.

  • Let's take a look at what kids

  • around the world eat for lunch.

  • French students can expect

  • up to a four-course meal at lunch.

  • They begin with a salad of fresh veg,

  • followed by a quality protein like salmon

  • with a side of roasted broccoli.

  • They wouldn't be French without a course

  • of soft cheeses, jam, and fresh bread.

  • And kids finish with a sweet confection

  • like marzipan before heading back to class.

  • In Japan, kids aren't served healthy meals;

  • they serve them.

  • To teach healthy cooking,

  • kids take turns helping to cook,

  • serve, and clean up for their peers.

  • Meals are heavy on rice, vegetables, and fish.

  • Students in Nigeria are fed well-balanced meals each day.

  • Meals could include smoky, tomato-y jollof rice

  • with chicken and steamed veg.

  • Finland was the first country in the world

  • to provide free lunch to every student,

  • and the law ensures high nutrition standards.

  • Veggies like beetroot salad and roasted turnips

  • take up at least half the plate.

  • Starches and grains such as a crepe

  • topped with slightly tart lingonberry jam

  • take up one quarter,

  • and a protein such as hernekeitto,

  • a split-pea soup topped with smoked ham,

  • takes up the other.

  • Crispbread is served on the side.

  • In South Korea, students eat off steel trays

  • sectioned out for perfect portion sizes.

  • The bigger section is for rice, the circle holds soup,

  • and the smaller portions are for tangy, spicy kimchi,

  • some veggies, and meat like marinated strips

  • of pork shoulder called jaeyook bokum.

  • With a large orthodox population in Ethiopia,

  • meals are largely plant-based.

  • An array of foods like spicy lentils, zucchini,

  • and yellow split-pea soup called kik alicha

  • are eaten with injera, a fermented flatbread.

  • Thanks to the islands' burgeoning Farm to School Program,

  • kids in Hawaii can expect meals made from scratch

  • with local, fresh ingredients,

  • such as a chicken stir-fry with veggies

  • and fresh-baked bread on the side.

  • Ukrainian kids get their lunch in three courses.

  • First, a soup course such as borscht,

  • a hearty beef-based soup with cabbage

  • and red beets to give it a vibrant color,

  • followed by meat and starch

  • like grilled sausages

  • with potato- and cheese-stuffed dumplings called varenyky.

  • They finish sweet with a shortbread biscuit.

  • A lunch tray in the US could include

  • a gooey grilled cheese on crunchy whole-grain bread

  • with creamy tomato soup, carrot sticks,

  • fruit like a box of raisins and an apple,

  • and a brownie for dessert

  • before heading back to class.

  • Italian students run to the cafeteria

  • to receive a two-course meal,

  • and if these kids reside in Rome,

  • the meal must by law be 70% organic.

  • Primo is the pasta course,

  • while protein and a veg,

  • like grilled chicken with a tasty mozzarella

  • and tomato salad, is served for secondo.

  • According to the World Food Program,

  • Thai students receive the most nutritional lunches

  • in all of Asia.

  • Kids can expect a balanced meal

  • like grilled chicken, rice,

  • and an antioxidant-packed, spicy,

  • sweet green papaya salad.

  • Families in China pay a monthly fee

  • of about 70 cents per day

  • for children to receive a box lunch.

  • Inside, kids can find rice, meat, and vegetables.

  • Food is a constitutional right in Brazil,

  • which means schools are required

  • to provide students with healthy meals

  • with 30% of ingredients sourced from local farmers.

  • Kitchen staff cooks fresh foods

  • like frittatas loaded with veggies

  • paired with hearty rice and beans and a piece of fruit.

  • Kids in India show up to school with a tiffin box,

  • a stackable metal container

  • filled with a home-cooked meal.

  • What's inside depends on the region.

  • Northern Indian kids might enjoy parathas,

  • seasoned, flaky bread,

  • accompanied with boondi raita,

  • crispy gram-flour balls floating in a sea of spiced yogurt.

  • Kids in Guatemala go home for lunch,

  • where they'll eat dishes like pasta in a tomato sauce

  • with beets and tortillas.

  • With classes six days a week,

  • school in Israel finishes before lunchtime,

  • but kids do bring aruchat eser, a morning meal,

  • which could be a small snack like pita

  • with hummus and a hard-boiled egg.

  • Kids in Trinidad and Tobago might be served

  • rich and gelatinous oxtail stew for lunch

  • paired with buss up, soft andaky shreds of roti.

  • Students in Hong Kong can expect

  • a veggie like steamed broccoli

  • alongside wok-fried pork slices and white rice.

  • A kid in the UK might be served baked cod fingers

  • with a hot jacket potato, a heaping side of beans,

  • and a handful of chocolate biscuits for dessert.

  • In Mexico, instead of a meal,

  • kids might bring along a morning snack

  • such as a torta layered with spicy bean dip,

  • sliced ham, tomato, and fresh, crisp lettuce.

  • Australian kids eat lunch outside,

  • bringing food from home

  • or buying meals from a cafeteria or street vendor.

  • Food can include classic takeaway comforts

  • like a sausage roll,

  • pork sausage wrapped snugly in puff pastry,

  • with a couple of sweet chocolate biscuits

  • called Tim Tams for dessert.

  • Norwegian schools don't have cafeterias,

  • so kids bring a light lunch from home,

  • which could include an open-face sandwich

  • with liverwurst, a sausage of pork liver

  • blended with bold spices like cardamom,

  • coriander, and mace.

  • The meat's texture is almost spreadable, close to pâté,

  • and is accompanied by toppings like mustard and cheese.

  • Milk and fresh fruit is provided by the school.

  • Although students bring a home-cooked lunch daily,

  • teachers in Pakistan are known to contact parents

  • if meals don't err on the healthy side.

  • Kids might bring aloo gosht,

  • a stew of lamb and potatoes,

  • paired with roti and a sweet

  • and creamy mango lassi in the summer.

  • So, which type of school lunch do you want to try?

  • Are there any we missed?

  • Let us know in the comments below.

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What School Lunch Looks Like Around The World

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/11
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