Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lunches Around the World with Little Passports!

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School started back in the Dodson house....YAY!  With school starting back that means packing lunches.  Aidan is SLOWLY trying different foods at school (he now will eat pizza AND nachos)  Seriously...that is a big step for him.  Nate on the other hand, not so much.  He basically gets the same thing every single stinking day and LOVES it.

Since I am now an affiliate with , Little Passports they send me fun little informative emails every now and again.  This morning I got an email that was just too interesting to skip sharing with you.  It was filled with four different sample meals from lunches around the world!  Let's dig in and see what we think.  Do you think any of your kiddos would eat these?

France- 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.  (Can we get that at our schools?)

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!
(I wonder if they get knives?)

 I would totally eat the French meal.  My kids on the other hand...not so much. 

Japan- 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.  

I really like that.  I think "lunchroom ladies" get looked down upon a bit and I think that is horrible.  I enjoy how in Japan they are being taught to serve and respect those that serve you.

 You can expect to find lots of rice, vegetables, fish, soup, and meat on the plate.

 I would be all over this meal.  I love sushi.  I think bento boxes are ADORABLE. From the picture I could guess that most of my kiddos wouldn't do this.  V LOVES rice hardcore, so that wouldn't be a challenge.  The fruit would be great.  Aidan and V love soup.  Poor Nate...he could eat the oranges.  lol

South Africa- South African school meals have natural ingredients such as corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams. There’s also rice, soft porridge, and meat that is sprinkled in with the vegetables. A special stew is made called potjiekos (named after a potjie, a three-legged pot), which originated from Dutch settlers. The cook puts vegetables, meat, potatoes, and spices into the pot, which is heated by small amounts of wood and twigs. After cooking, the result is a delectable stew!

I really like how this one is cooked.  I bet it smells amazing outside with the stew bubbling away and the wood burning.  You can't beat the smell of a campfire.

Colombia- Colombian school lunch ingredients usually vary from region to region, but can contain rice, potatoes, fruit, beans, meatballs, and vegetables such as corn and avocados. 

There’s a special vegetarian menu also available, and children from 2 to 5 years old have their food cut and portioned into smaller sizes.

I think that part is awesome.  The school that the boys go to now have vegetarian options, which is amazing in my eyes.  I know when I went to school if you didn't eat meat you didn't have many choices. (I don't eat red meat or pork)  I also really love how they cut the food for the smaller students and give them smaller sizes.  Most schools here require the kids to do stuff on their own.  They have helpers in the cafeteria to open things, if necessary, but I think we kind of forget that little kids are little sometimes.  

 I have been staring at this picture for a while.  I really have no clue what it is.  Some kind of soup.  Is that tofu sticking out?  lol

Thanks for "traveling the world" with me!


  1. I think Mango would eat any of these things. He would love that soup at the bottom with the eggs and tofu! He has a hard time eating sushi, but likes all the ingredients.

    1. Is that what it is? lol. I just stared and stared. I figured out the tofu, but the rest was a mystery tome.