Sweetgreen is a healthy restaurant chain that was the brains behind this intriguing photo series. As a part of their ‘Sweetgreen in Schools” program — an initiative to help educate U.S. children about healthy living — they created this series as a way to shed light on what kids are eating for lunch around the world.
In the U.S., about 32 million children eat the cafeteria food at their school on a daily basis. The quality of these lunches is lacking (to say the least), and make up about half of these kids’ daily calorie intake.
The American school lunch documented in the photo series shows a bland, over-processed, unhealthy lunch that is unfortunately the standard for most kids. In stark contrast, countries like Brazil, France, and Italy show colorful lunches filled with fruit, veggies, proteins, and high-quality grains.
Through these images, Sweetgreen hopes to start a conversation in the U.S. about the quality of food our kids are consuming. They want to connect kids to real food, fight childhood obesity, and change the way our future generations eat. We think it’s a great start!
Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, grapes.
Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread, pannakkau (dessert pancake), fresh berries.
Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, fresh fruit.
Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread, baked plantains.
Fish soup, tofu on a bed of rice, kimchi, fresh veggies.
Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, oranges, greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds.
Mashed potatoes, sausage, borscht, cabbage, symiki (a dessert pancake).
Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and veggies, gazpacho, fresh bell peppers, bread, an orange.
Fried popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, canned peas, fruit cup, chocolate chip cookie.
Via My Modern Met