Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's for lunch?

I often take my lunch to work.

It's cheaper and tends to be healthier.  Plus there's not a lot of options for eating out near where I work.

In today's Toronto Star, there's a small feature about What’s for Lunch?, a 40-page book aimed at kids 8+ by Toronto author and food literacy advocate Andrea Curtis.  She gives readers a taste of what schoolchildren eat in 13 different countries — from mackerel in Japan to guinea pig in Peru.

Students in Tokyo help serve the midday meal, which can include miso soup, grilled mackerel with rice, an orange or apple, and milk. Families receive a monthly menu with the nutritional value and calories of meals, the health benefits of certain ingredients and information about where the produce was grown. Respect, manners and cleanliness practiced during lunch -- all students help clean up after the meal -- are as important as math class.

So different from the leftover beef stew I'm taking for lunch today!

Do you take a lunch to work or school?

6 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

When I worked outside of the home, I always brought my own lunch with me. You're right - it was cheaper and most often, healthier.

Julie said...

It is a goal of mine to pack a lunch. I have a hard time getting organized enough :(

Isabel said...

I just have oatmeal for lunch. so boring.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I think I want to read this book! This sounds so very interesting-I'm all about learning about other cultures and I think going into their eating habits would be fascinating :)

Teresa said...

Take my lunch 99.9% of the time. Its either something leftover from supper or a salad.

Lady Banana said...

I almost always take my lunch to work and almost always it's a sandwich. Now I do like sandwiches but I do need to bring in some variety really..