I could not be more excited to share this news with you all… my school is now offering not one, but TWO vegan lunch options!!!
Okay, I know it’s not that exciting, but as a teacher, I feel it’s my duty to plant the seeds of healthy eating in my students. Now our cafeteria is supporting that effort and that’s what excites me!
Many of my students don’t eat fruit or vegetables regularly. Their tastebuds are so accustomed to overly sweetened snacks and salty chips, that fresh fruit and vegetables just aren’t palatable for them. However, there are quite a few children in my class though who are willing to try anything, especially if their teacher encourages them.
So this week, when the February lunch menu was announced, I decided to buy school lunch for the first time in my teaching career. I was actually impressed.
The option I sampled first was the Mediterranean Voyage Hummus and Veggie Stuffed Pita. It was quite tasty! Three of my students also tried the meal with me and their reviews were absolutely adorable: “This is AMAZING Mrs. Wright!” And “Wow! I didn’t know I like hummus!”
The other option was a salad with spinach, kidney beans, dried cranberries, and pita wedges. It also looked quite tasty. One of my students tried it and he liked it too, especially the beans! So, I told him that based on his review, it would be the next school lunch option I try.
I’ve felt frustrated for a long time about the quality of the food that has been served in our cafeterias. So, I’m just thrilled that plant based options are being offered to our students, FINALLY. While I know that not every child will choose those meals, it is a step in the right directions toward crowding out the corn dogs and chicken drumsticks to make room for truly nutritious, whole food.