850 calories for lunch is a pretty good amount and 1/3 of the average for a kid.
But, if kids won’t eat humus, pita bread and other foods they don’t eat at home then they aren’t going to get their MDA(Michelle Daily Allowance) for calories or nutrition.
Most parents don’t serve broccoli to their kids because most parent don’t like em.
Me? I’ll eat broccoli all day long. Love it but, my friends cringe at the thought.
An average size kid, 170 pounds or so, will burn 1200-15— calories per basketball practice.
Anybody that has gone through Marine Corps or Army BCT knows the hunger pangs from burning more calories than you are taking in. I was always hungry.
Copious if not massive amounts of mustard !
Enough mustard and I could eat gravel!
I happen to LOVE hummus & warm pita, BUT I also grew up w/ it. If you’re a kid & have never eaten that kind of food it is going to be disgusting to the majority of kids. Throw in the peer pressure that says it’s disgusting & even the small group who do like it might feel compelled to pretend otherwise.
I work at an elementary school & they crazily give the pre-K kids the same amount of food at lunch as the growing & BIG 3rd grade boys & girls. It makes no sense. We should just go back to parents making their kids lunches, but we have created such a nanny state that many kids would have nothing as their parent would be outraged at being asked to actually do a parental task such as making a school lunch.
Actually, working at a public school for the first time is what turned me conservative on many issues. Sad, but true!