Saw Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and I'm so excited to have him on loan from the UK, his wife and his children. His vision is amazing and frankly, it's about time.
As a Mom - I see what my kids eat at school and have never been happy with the menu they offer. Additionally, I hate the fact that our children are limited on their lunch time frame, having only 20 minutes from start to finish! Typically they have a mere 10 minutes to woof down their meal... most things are processed, frozen, canned and microwaved or re-heated.
The school my child attends has a wider variety of choices, and I'm thankful for that, however I try to instill healthy choices by packing her lunch at least 3 times a week. She will eat cherry tomatoes, pickles, loves the healthier yogurt and organic non sweetened applesauce. I pack 2 fruits and will happily peel a clementine at 6:00 a.m. so she has more time to eat it. I do allow her to pick goldfish, pretzels or something like that because she is eating a well rounded variety of things.
After watching Jamie's TED Video, which I will post, I want to have a sit down with her and get her to identify fruits and vegetables. I am lucky though, she already can cook and she is 7 years old. She can make a mean guacamole, has her own knife (it's a lettuce knife) and will attend local cooking classes in a summer camp fashion. She eats broccoli, edamame, avocado and will try everything I give her, even if it's just a tiny bite. I rarely buy her fast food... honestly, we went twice in one year (1 time to Chuck E Cheese for her Birthday and 1 time to McDonald's during Spring Break).
I urge you to watch Jamie's TED video all the way through... Steiner Ranch Elementary has a garden plot, but it's primarily a Butterfly garden. I'm going to email the Vice Principal to see what we can do to expand it and utilize what is grown in the kitchen. What can you do?
Go to www.tedprize.org to sign up to help Jamie and move his Food Revolution throughout our country to better our childrens health!