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L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]
LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe,

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: education; foodnazis; foodpolice; lausd; nannystate; publiceducation; publicschools; schools
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Meanwhile Michelle's in Hawaii doing some fine dining.
1 posted on 12/17/2011 8:33:31 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

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?


2 posted on 12/17/2011 8:37:40 PM PST by JosephMama (Who to choose, who to choose...)
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To: Steelfish

Gee, force schools to have healthy lunches and the kids don’t eat it?

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!


3 posted on 12/17/2011 8:38:23 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: Steelfish

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.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 8:38:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

From the look of her, she’s been doing too much “fine dining.” She has a rear end like a Government Mule!


5 posted on 12/17/2011 8:38:25 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Steelfish

Bookmark


6 posted on 12/17/2011 8:39:09 PM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: JosephMama

If they didn’t try to do it ultra low sodium too, it might be half decent.


7 posted on 12/17/2011 8:39:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

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.


8 posted on 12/17/2011 8:39:31 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Steelfish

Poor lonely arugula. Nobody wants you.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 8:40:03 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Steelfish

What’s a black bean burger? A vegan creation? Are they trying to turn students into vegetarians?


10 posted on 12/17/2011 8:40:19 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Steelfish
Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students.

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.

11 posted on 12/17/2011 8:40:43 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Steelfish

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


12 posted on 12/17/2011 8:42:04 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: JosephMama

Try giving school athletes a black bean burger when their system is screaming for meat.


13 posted on 12/17/2011 8:42:10 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Lurker

Give honkies like me an alternative to the nachos and everyone will live in perfect harmony.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 8:42:24 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Ciexyz

Black bean is narsty anyhow. Why not at least pinto bean.


15 posted on 12/17/2011 8:43:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

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.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 8:44:59 PM PST by ODC-GIRL (We live in interesting times)
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To: Lurker

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.


17 posted on 12/17/2011 8:46:59 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: bigbob

Apple Snots: ‘Snot half bad, really.


18 posted on 12/17/2011 8:47:10 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ODC-GIRL

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!


19 posted on 12/17/2011 8:48:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

Johnnie L Cochran Middle School??? You can’t make this stuff up!


20 posted on 12/17/2011 8:53:07 PM PST by Montanabound
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To: Steelfish

And yet the food is a hundred times better then any so-called education they’re getting.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 8:54:27 PM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: Montanabound

Yeah, the “Get OJ Off Lawyer” middle school... you’d think even that community would have a better sense of propriety.


22 posted on 12/17/2011 8:56:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Steelfish

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.


23 posted on 12/17/2011 8:58:06 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Steelfish
do I really have to say it???

24 posted on 12/17/2011 9:03:50 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Steelfish

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.


25 posted on 12/17/2011 9:03:54 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Steelfish
So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.

But...but...they told me that free school lunches were absolutely necessary to avert starvation for "the poor."

26 posted on 12/17/2011 9:07:26 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

27 posted on 12/17/2011 9:07:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

Its time for the Obama administration to introduce the little darlings to Soylent Green.


28 posted on 12/17/2011 9:13:49 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Yeah, it's a spicy (usually) vegetarian patty made with black beans that's served up as a meatless alternative to hamburgers. Done right, they actually aren't too bad. Done badly, it's like eating dried out succotash. In either case, you'll never mistake it for the juicy goodness of actual ground beef. I look at it a lot like eating falafel (which I also like) rather than anything remotely resembling an actual hamburger.


29 posted on 12/17/2011 9:14:10 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: txhurl

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.


30 posted on 12/17/2011 9:16:54 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: kcvl
What is this unidentifiable patty? It looks positively ghastly! Bring on the junk food — at least I know what I'm getting.
31 posted on 12/17/2011 9:25:51 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Steelfish
"Shut up kid and eat your peas!!!"

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.

32 posted on 12/17/2011 9:28:35 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: ODC-GIRL

IIRC, he did one in the south.


33 posted on 12/17/2011 9:32:57 PM PST by matt04
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To: Steelfish

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.


34 posted on 12/17/2011 9:34:45 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: Steelfish

Whatever happened to plain old sandwiches served on healthy bread?


35 posted on 12/17/2011 9:34:52 PM PST by Exit148
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To: LukeL

high crab diet?

are you eating it? you sound crabby!


36 posted on 12/17/2011 9:37:49 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: DemforBush

Nobody’s doing endurance testing of the stuff under the warming lamps.


37 posted on 12/17/2011 9:39:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Avid Coug

Chocolate chip chive cookie?


38 posted on 12/17/2011 9:40:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: kcvl

Is that a snail shell at the bottom of the one on the right?


39 posted on 12/17/2011 9:44:49 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese and low-sodium sauce, Pizza...MMmmmm ...Mmmmm!


40 posted on 12/17/2011 9:46:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JosephMama

We loved Pizza day and Spaghetti day!
Even though it was made on site by the lunch ladies.


41 posted on 12/17/2011 9:48:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s a really good point. Some dishes just don’t hold up sitting around as well as others do.


42 posted on 12/17/2011 9:49:39 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Pizza is the "perfect food" ☺
43 posted on 12/17/2011 9:50:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; A_perfect_lady

Just a particularly shiny black bean, I think. But it does look a bit snailish. Gary where did you go?


44 posted on 12/17/2011 9:53:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: mylife

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.


45 posted on 12/17/2011 9:54:01 PM PST by JosephMama (Who to choose, who to choose...)
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To: LukeL

I thought high Crab was paleolithic?


46 posted on 12/17/2011 9:55:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LukeL

The fact is, the Gov food pyramid is poison.

It is completely wrong!


47 posted on 12/17/2011 9:59:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

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.


48 posted on 12/17/2011 10:00:41 PM PST by Yaelle (Excuse the mobile device errors please.)
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To: JosephMama

One of the lunch ladies was my best friends Mom.
She always fed us right


49 posted on 12/17/2011 10:02:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I actually love those.


50 posted on 12/17/2011 10:04:44 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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