Sweetgreen is a chain of salad restaurants that runs a Sweetgreen in Schools program to educate kids about healthy eating, fitness, and sustainability. They want to shed light on what is a quality lunch by looking at typical school lunches around the world.
Through these revealing images they want to make an impact and to connect kids to “real food,” and hope to change the way future generations eat.
From Italy to Brazil to South Korea, trays are full of fresh fruit, veggies, and yummy-looking entrees. In comparison, the typical, processed lunch for US students could stand to get a menu improvement.
School Lunches Around the World
Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes.
Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries.
Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit.
Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains.
Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies.
Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds.
Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage and syrniki (a dessert pancake).
Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread and an orange.
Fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie.