New USDA School Lunch Guidelines
I’m skeptical about these new school lunch guidelines. Sure the photo in the article shows fresh fruit and vegetables and what I can only guess is whole wheat pasta, but I wonder if that is what is really going to be served. Since I now know that pizza is considered a vegetable as are french fries, I can only imagine what will earn the name “fruit.” Gummy bears? I would guess that sliced peaches in syrup are going to be the fresh fruit option more often than not. And one can only be slightly optimistic about the fact that milk options will be low fat or skim…but they’ll likely still be chocolate or strawberry.
It’ll be up to the kids to make the right food choice, and up to us as parents to teach them how to do so. While I know that my Ben won’t be choosing Dora yogurt, I can pretty much guarantee that if given the choice, chocolate milk and french fries would be his lunch every single day. We can do our best to help our children make good choices, but wouldn’t it be better if they didn’t have to? Wouldn’t it be better if fruit, veggies, proteins and non-flavored milk were the only choices?
These new guidelines are a step in the right direction but it’s a baby step.