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Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

School meals are an important part of children’s development; it is their main nutrition meal as they learn throughout the day. Cafeteria food has long come under scrutiny for various reasons yet 32 million children will eat it Monday to Friday. Sweetgreen is a chain of salad restaurants that are involved in school programs aimed to educate children about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle.

With childhood obesity being a hot topic, they set up these images showing what other cafeterias are serving in schools across the world. The photos are rather eye-opening, and should spark a healthy debate about what is considered a nutritional meal. Upon viewing what some country have to offer their youth,  from fresh fruit, vegetables and other wholesome ingredients, it’s clear that a lot more can be done to provide better meals from children in education. Sweetgreen’s website (h/t: Sweetgreen on Tumblr, Distractify)

School Lunches Around the World

Italy

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

School Lunches Around the World

Finland

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

School Lunches Around the World

France

Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit.

School Lunches Around the World

Brazil

Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains.

School Lunches Around the World

South Korea

Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies.

School Lunches Around the World

Greece

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

School Lunches Around the World

Ukraine

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

School Lunches Around the World

Spain

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

School Lunches Around the World

USA

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

School Lunches Around the World