The Food Served In Schools Around The World Compared To USA

Having a healthy and nutritious diet is essential for our kids to grow healthy and strong and helps in improving the child’s concentration and memory. Parents try to provide proper nutrition ti their children at home, but they can’t always control what they eat at school.

Let’s have a look at what some school canteens are serving around the world.

Spain : Sauteed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread and an orange


Ukraine: Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage and syrniki (a dessert pancake)


France: Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit


Brazil: Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains


South Korea: Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies


Finland: Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau       (dessert pancake) with fresh berries 


Greece: Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds


Italy: Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes


USA:  Fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie


During the school year, students who don’t bring their lunches from home have to make do with the menu provided by the school. Because the school is an educational facility, focusing on developing the student’s minds, they are not too much concerned with providing suitable nourishment, which is why the food from the canteens in many schools around the country is not exactly suitable for growing kids, but rather for very busy adults. Is it like that everywhere around the world?

The Sweetgreen organization made this project to show the difference in school lunches from different countries and with that help change the unsuitable school menu. They hope that this generalized comparison will force parents into action to become more aware of their children’s diet when they’re not at home and join the battle for healthier and richer school lunches.

Wouldn’t you like for your child to have delicious lunches in school too?

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