Archive for May, 2010

A Month of School Lunches

As the month of May wraps up I wanted to share with you an overview of the many school lunches my students ate this past month.  I can’t say that any of them were appealing and I’m most certain they can not be considered healthy.  Intentionally looking at what is being served to my students was eye opening and gave me ideas for how we can potentially see a change.  I am excited to work on these ideas, share them with other teachers and hopefully see our next generation become a generation of healthy people.

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Giveaways…Great Goodies!

Here are a couple of great giveaways this week…

Love Veggies and Yoga is giving away Naturally Nutty Nut Butter…check out the blog to see all the ways you can enter the giveaway…I know that I would love to win a jar of the Naturally Nutty Nut Butter in Organic Vanilla Peanut Butter.

VisitPhilly.com is giving away an amazing Phlash Prize Pack…If you’ve ever been to Philadelphia in the summer you’ll know how convenient the Phlash bus is in helping tourists see all the most popular destinations in the city.  And the prize pack is full of great tickets to popular Philadelphia destinations.  I know “I’ll be using the #Phlash this summer to visit the Phanatic statues http://www.visitphilly.com/phlash-tweetaway”

Julie’s 31 Gifts is giving away a free Thirty-One Zipper Pouch.  Check out the facebook page for more details on this giveaway!

Giveaways…more free stuff!

And the free stuff just keeps coming! Here are a couple more giveaways that I entered and wanted to pass along.

My Kitchen Addiction is giving away a grill courtesy of Sam’s Club.  Yup, you read that right…a grill!  And it’s not even a miniature camping grill…it’s a full size red patio grill.  Check out the post and leave a comment about what you most like to grill to be entered into the drawing.

Momster.com is giving away 25 copies of Jackie Warner‘s book “This is Why You’re Fat”  To enter you need to post a question for Jackie to answer by June 6, 2010.  Jackie is going to select 25 questions to answer and if yours is one of them, you’ll win a copy of the book!

Family Fresh Cooking is giving away this cool lunchbox system from EasyLunchBoxes.com.  The system helps you pack a healthy lunch that has a main dish and two sides.  There are quite a few ways to enter this giveaway so check out the post for more details!

Which of these giveways are you most excited about and why?

School Lunches – May 17

The month is now officially half over which means we are halfway through this month of school lunches.

Here is a quick look at breakfast today…

And now onto my thoughts now that we’ve officially reached the halfway point…

When this whole project started my initial thoughts were that I wanted to raise awareness for this problem that we are facing.  Our children, now more then ever, are overweight and unhealthy and the food they are being served in schools is not helping this problem.  And so after a little prompting from Jamie Oliver I decided to blog about it in an effort to raise awareness.

As the days passed, and I blogged about meal after meal that is not helping our chidren to be healthy I realized that more needed to be done.  But what?

And so an idea began to formulate.  I am still not completely sure what this looks like, but I am hoping to figure that out in the next couple of weeks and months.  What I do know is this…I am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle.  For me that includes training for races with friends, eating healthy food (meaning unprocessed) and really being aware of the fact that I need to take care of my body.  I am also passionate about teaching.  Everyday I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.  So why not combine my passions and show my students what healthy living looks like and empower them to do the same in their lives.

But that’s not enough.  I only teach 80 students a year.

So what if other teachers began to do the same thing?  Teachers everywhere have a direct connection to the next generation.  Everday we have a captive (and yes some days they do feel as though they are being held captive!) audience.  So what if teachers everywhere begin to show their students what a healthy lifestyle looked like and empowered them and equipped them to live a healthy life?  Would this generation of kids become more active, eat more fruits and vegetables and take ownership of taking care of their bodies?

I’m not entirely sure what this looks like right now (and so I’m open to thoughts, comments and ideas) but what I do know is we need a change and teachers have the audience to help make that change.  But teachers can’t do it alone…we need partners to come in and provide fresh fruit for our students to taste test, share healthy ideas that we can pass along to our students, offer free health screenings…and really the list goes on and one (again, I’m open to thoughts, comments and ideas)

Embarking on this journey is big and scary, but what if it worked?  What if teachers everywhere could bring the message of healthy living to their students and those students began to lead healthy lives…that would mean amazing things for this generation of kids!

School Lunches – May 14

After nearly two weeks of posting about our school lunches I think I might finally have an idea.  I need to think through the idea and articulate my thoughts, but more will be coming on Monday…so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is a look at today’s lunch…and if you’ll remember from previous posts…this is not the first, or even second time, the students have eaten this sandwich in the last two weeks!

School Lunches – May 13

One of my favorite things about cooking is trying a new recipe.  If I had to eat the same food over and over again I would be one sad girl.  And so I wonder how my students manage to eat the same lunches over and over again.  This is only week two of this project and yet there have been serveral lunches that are exactly the same as what was served last week.

And so here again is the seasoned meat…I’m not really sure what I should be calling this…

Recently Jamie Oliver was in West Virginia with his Food Revolution campaign…we need a food revolution in the schools, but how?

School Lunches – May 12

So, when you see today’s lunch you may be struck by how familiar it looks.  And no, it’s not déjà vu…this was on the menu last week as well.  I’m told that the kids were supposed to have chicken nuggets but they ran out so the rest of the students got this meat sandwich.  From what I gathered from my students, they didn’t like today’s anymore than when they ate it last week!

School Lunches – May 11

It’s that time of day again where lunch is served!  And for us today that meant Salisbury Steak, corn and mashed potatoes.

Now that we are almost halfway through the month-long project to look at just what exactly is being served in school lunches, can you share this with others because the first step to change is raising awareness?

And a letter to Jamie Oliver from one of my students…

Dear Jamie Oliver,
What are we eating these days at school? I mean it’s like they don’t want us to eat!  The first problem is our food’s temperature.  Another problem is our food’s taste.
The first problem is our food’s temperature. One example of that is the fruit cups we receive that have ice in them.  Another example is our sandwiches are really cold and the final example is the pizza is sometimes icy cold.
Another problem is the food’s taste.  The first example is the sandwiches that taste like everything else but what it’s supposed to taste like. Another example is the garlic bread and breakfast that don’t taste good at all.
Those are two of the problems with our food, and the examples. Hopefully you can help us.
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Giveways…I love free stuff!

As a new addition to the blog last week, I posted links to several giveaways that I had entered because let’s face it, who doesn’t love free stuff?!?

Last week one of the giveaways I mentioned was an Avocado Goodie Bag from Family Fresh Cooking, and guess what?  I won!!!  Once I get my prize I’ll be sure to post some pics so you can see the goodies I won.

And now without further ado, here are some new giveaways that I’ve entered…

* Official Review is giving away a Jayson Werth t-shirt from Cheesesteak Tees.  I’ve won one of their t-shirts before and they are pretty amazing!  To enter you need to either LIKE them on facebook or retweet the following message on Twitter

“RT @officialreview Free Shirt! The NEW Werth T-Shirt from CheesesteakTees! RT/like on Facebook to win! http://bit.ly/cDTaXx #Free #Phillies”

* Family Fresh Cooking is doing another giveaway this week (this is the site I won on last week!).  This time the giveaway is Newman’s Own chocolate bars and cups…and seriously who can resist chocolate?!?  I actually have no idea why I’m passing along the link to this giveaway because I’m not really sure I want to encourage others to enter because then my chances of winning are decreased.  But enter quickly because the giveaway ends tonight!

Good luck to all of you!

School Lunches – May 10

We are now a week into this month-long project to raise awareness about the food served to students in school.  My hope is that by the end of the month not only will more people be aware of what our kids are actually eating, but we can begin to bring change for our kids.

Last week definitely served up some interesting food…chili, hamburgers, meatballs and meat sandwiches.  Today’s lunch fits right in with that list…pizza.

And here is another letter from one of my students to Jamie Oliver explaining why there needs to be a change…

Dear Jamie Oliver,

Why should we suffer from school lunch that is cold and old? Sometimes the food is overcooked or undercooked. Finally, I think we should get better lunches because it isn’t always enough food for all the students.

Sometimes the lunch is overcooked or undercooked. The meat on the patties is red and looks very nasty. Another example, is that the peas and mashed potatoes are cold and hard. Finally, the juice is sometimes hot.

Last but not least, I think we should get better lunches because there isn’t always enough for all of the students. I say this because when we have chicken nuggets there aren’t enough, so everybody that’s left gets a little package with a cold meat stick and crackers. However, many of the students don’t get juice because there aren’t enough and kids are thirsty.

The bottom line is we need a change.

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