Photo series documents school lunches around the world

TopOOps • 18th May 2015


Lots of kids all around the world eat daily in cafeteria and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. Sweetgreen— a chain of salad restaurants that runs a Sweetgreen in Schools program to educate kids about healthy eating, fitness, and sustainability—decided to shed light on what constitutes a quality lunch by taking a look at typical school lunches around the world.

In this thought-provoking photo series, we can see how our own country stacks up to other nations when it comes to nutritious, delicious school meals. From Italy to Brazil to South Korea, trays are loaded with colorful foods that include fresh fruit, veggies, and yummy-looking entrees. In contrast, the typical, processed lunch for US students could stand to get a menu overhaul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

….and this is the real lunch in the U.S.

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