As you will see a school lunch can come in many different forms. Some countries/schools are making food from scratch and other countries are serving fast food. In Sweden there is a strong movement to make school lunches from scratch in a proper kitchen, as it used to be, and to get rid of low-fat dairy products and margarine from the meals. All children are eating the school lunch and it´s already paid for through tax. The average total cost for the schools is about 10 Sek (1.50 USD) per portion.
A week in my children´s old school could look like this:
- Monday: Meatballs, sauce, potatoes, lingonberries
- Tuesday: Salmon, sauce, potatoes
- Wednesday: Pasta, sauce with ham
- Thursday: Italian meat soup with pasta
- Friday: Chicken Tikka Masala casserole, rice
You can always get gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free meals. Sometimes cooked vegetables were served. There was always a salad bar with ten different kinds of raw vegetables or mixes. Water, milk, and crisp bread were served. Sometimes bread and fruit, never desserts or other sugary treats during the day! Some schools have contests to reduce food waste and do not allow children to celebrate birthdays with something that contains sugar. In Sweden there are about 28 children in a class so there could be a lot of celebrations. I think many schools are aware of not using MSG and artificial sweeteners.
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