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Posted on 12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST by Steelfish
L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised.
By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it "nasty, rotty stuff." So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.
"This is our daily lunch," Iraides says. "We're eating more junk food now than last year."
For many students, L.A. Unified's trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop. Earlier this year, the district got rid of chocolate and strawberry milk, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, nachos and other food high in fat, sugar and sodium. Instead, district chefs concocted such healthful alternatives as vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles.
There's just one problem: Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students. Principals report massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away. Students are ditching lunch, and some say they're suffering from headaches, stomach pains and even anemia. At many campuses, an underground market for chips, candy, fast-food burgers and other taboo fare is thriving.
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I graduated high school in 2006 and the only days I would buy lunch would be on Pizza Hut days and when they served the chicken nuggets.
Who the hell wants beef nugget teriyaki with rice?
Gee, force schools to have healthy lunches and the kids don’t eat it?
I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!
If Moochelle thinks this politically correct task is that easy (really, for most kids, just not going overboard on refined sugar is enough) then she should try coming up with stuff for these school menus that the kids won’t ditch and waste for Cheetos.
From the look of her, she’s been doing too much “fine dining.” She has a rear end like a Government Mule!
If they didn’t try to do it ultra low sodium too, it might be half decent.
My recollection of school lunches involved such entrees as Macaroni and Wallpaper Paste, Mystery Meat Slabs, and Apple Snots. But there was chocolate milk, so it was ok.
Poor lonely arugula. Nobody wants you.
What’s a black bean burger? A vegan creation? Are they trying to turn students into vegetarians?
Herein is the real reason for the panic. Schools receive literally billions in Federal dollars based on participation in the School Lunch Program. This is a direct threat to the money flow and they can't have that. They'll have the little feral beasts eating nachos again so fast your head will spin.
Pizza, as far as fast food goes, is quite healthy.
But big-food/big-government wants us eating soy-based “phood (tm)” that they synthesize in a factory where they can get the raw material cost down to $0.02 per ton and sell it as breakfast bars for $87 per ounce by reducing portion size down to the size of a pebble.
After all, our farm output, as a wealthy capitalist country, is owed to the third world. Right ? Meat, corn, wheat, they all go to China, since they are not capitalist. /SARC
Try giving school athletes a black bean burger when their system is screaming for meat.
Give honkies like me an alternative to the nachos and everyone will live in perfect harmony.
Black bean is narsty anyhow. Why not at least pinto bean.
Isn’t this the school district that Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef) infiltrated and tired to get them to switch to healthier food? Looks like it’s been a disaster.
Serve them cheeseburgers with 100% real beef and burritos every day. This menu - good meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pickle, bread - has all the nutrients they need.
And fried chicken, too, fried in real canola. If a piece of baked chicken plus a roll with margarine is healthy, why isn’t fried chicken? Same ingredients.
Apple Snots: ‘Snot half bad, really.
The Naked Chef? No wonder. All the kitchen employees covered their eyes. So they couldn’t learn anything about the new recipes.
Bring back Apple Snots!
Johnnie L Cochran Middle School??? You can’t make this stuff up!
And yet the food is a hundred times better then any so-called education they’re getting.
Yeah, the “Get OJ Off Lawyer” middle school... you’d think even that community would have a better sense of propriety.
I thought this was interesting:
“Andre Jahchan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Esteban Torres High School, said the food was “super good” at the summer tasting at L.A. Unified’s central kitchen. But on campus, he said, the chicken pozole was watery, the vegetable tamale was burned and hard, and noodles were soggy.”
Preparation may well be as much of a problem as the dishes themselves. It could also be that the “super good” dishes at the summer testing used better ingredients and had fewer cost constraints than the actual school kitchens. “Fresh” ingredients cost more than institutional-grade mystery meat, so it’s not impossible the schools are cutting corners on the recipes in order to keep the food costs low.
The real truth is the high crab diet is 100% poison for the cardiovascular system as well as messing with your insulin levels. If people were really serious about health they would read up on the paleolithic diet.
But...but...they told me that free school lunches were absolutely necessary to avert starvation for "the poor."
Its time for the Obama administration to introduce the little darlings to Soylent Green.
I went to high school in the late 60’s. The jocks all ate three or four cheeseburgers for lunch washed down with a milkshake. Only kids who had money ate in the cafeteria, kids like me either brought lunch or ordered a shake for lunch and that was it.
Back then buying food at school was a luxury.
The kids better enjoy this variety while they can. During a second Obama term, the standard school meal is going to be a watered down version of gruel three times a day.
IIRC, he did one in the south.
Under pressure from parents, our school district has been modifying the lunchroom offerings. Our son is a high school swimmer, and he has been complaining that the new menu is so low in fat, carbs and calories that the lunches leave him hungry. I’ve already written a complaint to the food service director. She said she was grateful for my input, since she’s under huge pressure from the healthy eating crowd, and she understands that kids need more than sticks and twigs for sustenance. It’s really nutty out there these days.
Whatever happened to plain old sandwiches served on healthy bread?
high crab diet?
are you eating it? you sound crabby!
Nobody’s doing endurance testing of the stuff under the warming lamps.
Chocolate chip chive cookie?
Is that a snail shell at the bottom of the one on the right?
Whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese and low-sodium sauce, Pizza...MMmmmm ...Mmmmm!
We loved Pizza day and Spaghetti day!
Even though it was made on site by the lunch ladies.
That’s a really good point. Some dishes just don’t hold up sitting around as well as others do.
Just a particularly shiny black bean, I think. But it does look a bit snailish. Gary where did you go?
I forgot about the fried chicken and hot sauce.
I went to a public school and we had some amazing lunch ladies, but it’s hard to turn crap into crepes.
I thought high Crab was paleolithic?
The fact is, the Gov food pyramid is poison.
It is completely wrong!
Mass food made by cooks who don’t give a crap and are not paid by the customers will never be good.
Outsource school cafeterias and make all kids pay. Make there be a diverse menu for 12 and up. Make a protein and fruit comfort menu for little kids (no candy and soda for the little ones).
Get government out from between the maker and the customer. Period.
One of the lunch ladies was my best friends Mom.
She always fed us right
I actually love those.