I just read an article today about the Center for Science and the Public Interest - who recently published the "terrible ten" and "terrific ten" list describing food in America. Included in the terrible ten: McDonalds value meals, coca-cola, and Kellogg's Froot Loops. The terrific ten includes: water, Michelle Obama, and farmers markets.
I've watched Food, Inc., I like a healthy diet, and we rarely eat out - but I think this is annoying. We live in a market-driven society.
Where is the personal responsibility? It's like saying that the tobacco companies are to blame for people smoking. Um, you bought the cigarettes. No one is forcing people to eat unhealthily. I understand that marketing is a powerful tool - but so is educating your own children. If you don't realize that froot loops don't contain fruit - look at the spelling, people.
I do have a point here.
School lunches - what do you think about them? Our school, I believe, is doing their best to offer healthier choices. I just don't really want my kids eating them. I allow the girls to buy one day a week and Josh has a budget for the middle school.
It would be really easy for me to just write a check and let the kids buy every day. Granted, it would be quite a large check every month, but it would make our daily schedule a lot less hectic. But, I feel better knowing what my kids are eating. And, that's the point, isn't it? If you simply take a little time to prepare foods for your family, you are not a statistic. That is way more effective [in telling McDonald's how you feel] than publishing some list.
I totally bribe my kids. We literally have a "bribe refrigerator". I have special treats, snacks, and foods in our downstairs refrigerator specifically for lunches. And it's not all healthy. I also make things easy for myself. Every morning I go downstairs to grab what I'll need for the lunches that day.
Here is a typical lunch for the girls: peanut butter and peach butter sandwich, chips, no-sugar applesauce, clementines, string cheese, water, and a small candy bar.
What do you think? How do you feel about school lunches? What is the answer to America's obesity epidemic?