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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lunches Around The World With Little Passports




Lunches Around the World with Little Passports!

Kids around the world are preparing to go back to school—that means homework, new friends and … lunch? Yes, that’s right! Let’s visit different countries and see what yummy food the school kids eat every day!

France- French children enjoy a 3 or 4-course meal that is made from high-quality ingredients, and are mostly made from scratch. The children all sit in the same eating area, the cafeteria. An interesting fact is that there are no vending machines in schools, because they’re banned due to the high sugar and fat content of the treats they carry. Typical school lunches here can have a variety of dishes and ingredients, such as grilled fish, salad, red beans, seasonal vegetables, garlic sausage, fruit salads and chocolate flan (just to name a few). Another perk is that the food is served on plates and eaten with real silverware!



Japan- In Japan, the school lunch ingredients are locally sourced and almost never frozen; in addition, the schools employ nutrition experts that work with kids and teach them the importance of good eating habits. Like the children in France, Japanese kids also eat in a community-like setting with their peers, and even their teachers! The children also wear white hats and robes to serve their classmates, which teaches them teamwork and respect. You can expect to find lots of rice, vegetables, fish, soup, and meat on the plate. 



South Africa- South African school meals have natural ingredients such as corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams. There’s also rice, soft porridge, and meat that is sprinkled in with the vegetables. A special stew is made called potjiekos (named after a potjie, a three-legged pot), which originated from Dutch settlers. The cook puts vegetables, meat, potatoes, and spices into the pot, which is heated by small amounts of wood and twigs. After cooking, the result is a delectable stew!



Colombia- Colombian school lunch ingredients usually vary from region to region, but can contain rice, potatoes, fruit, beans, meatballs, and vegetables such as corn and avocados. There’s a special vegetarian menu also available, and children from 2 to 5 years old have their food cut and portioned into smaller sizes.



We hope you enjoyed our lunch trip around the world, and perhaps found inspiration to try new foods at your own dinner table! Leave a comment letting me know which cuisine sounds great to you!




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12 comments:

  1. Great post and some really yummy looking food. Now I'm hungry lol

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  2. That is awesome! I've never heard of it, but then again I live in KY! I would definitely love to do this with my kiddos

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  3. We love the South African stew! Hubby makes something similar all the time :)

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  4. This is neat! I'd love to do this with my family!

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  5. I love how everywhere seems to feed the kids portions of 'adult food' rather than nuggets and fries

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  6. Love Little Passports!! I think France looks best!

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  7. I really enjoy this post, thank you

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  8. Great post! I once saw a show on fast food around the world and was amazed how different the companies had to be based on different cultures and religions. It's great to grab some fun lunch upgrades from different areas..Maybe I won't make PB&J today! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Follow Along! Sharing via twitter!

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  9. Great idea to expose kids and the rest of the family to food from around the world!

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  10. Oooh they look tasty lunches. We are doing a food from around the world project this year and it's a great way to explore different cultures.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

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  11. Great way to expose children to different cultures and tastes. Food looks yummy!

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