Lunch Box News
Leisl is the winner of our My Little Pony - Rainbow Dash - Lunch Box giveaway contest. We used Random.org to generate a random number and that slot was Leisl in our Excel sheet of contest entrants. And we shipped Leisl her lunch box. Thank you for sending us the photo.
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School lunches have come a long way from the days of mystery meat and tater tots passing as a nutritious lunch. These days, the emphasis is on fresh and healthy foods.
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh’s Project Lunch Tray will host a two-hour competition for teams of student chefs to create a school lunch from scratch with the help of a chef mentor. The event, free and open to the public for tastings, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Smallman Gallery in the Strip District. Education and Outreach Manager Tom Samilson said winners receive “a whole bunch of money for healthy food programming at their schools.” Read more...
Parents can make changes to improve the nutrition of their child’s packed lunch by setting small goals such as:
- Include a fresh fruit and vegetable every day
- Send water or milk for drinking instead of a sugar-sweetened drink
- Replace dessert with a healthier item such as fruit
Studies have shown that involving children in the decision-making around what to eat increases their likelihood to eat those foods. Parents can encourage their kids to eat healthy foods by involving them in packing decisions: giving children a choice about which fruits and vegetable to include, allowing them to select foods from the farmers market or grocery store, and modeling healthy eating at home.
Parents can also… be patient. It takes time for children to accept new foods – research shows up to 15 times! – but exposing children to healthy foods is critical for acceptance. Be patient, offer healthy foods, and be content with small bites. They will be forming healthy habits that last a lifetime!
Australian children are going hungry more frequently than you or I would like to believe. In 2013, 15% of Australian children went to school without breakfast. And almost one in 10 children will not eat for an entire day on a regular basis. Hunger in children has numerous psychological and behavioral consequences, and can have a lifelong impact on learning. Children who skip meals are more likely to be overweight, have a lower intake of fruit and vegetables, and can be more inactive. Read more...
Kids have been bad-mouthing school lunches for at least as long as there have been school cafeterias. And it’s tough for parents to disagree when their child’s tales of culinary woe include mystery-meat tacos and mushy, unrecognizable vegetables.
But it’s not all bad eats in the lunch room. One a la carte lunch item has grown so popular with students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis that their parents are ordering it for takeout. And it soon will be offered to alumni and other community members as a fundraiser for the school’s OLSH Fund for student programs and activities. Read more...
This year's Cheeseburger Week will take place Jan. 10-15, with 40 participating restaurants. If you manage to eat a cheeseburger from all 40 restaurants, congratulations — you'll have completed the cheeseburger challenge. Your reward? You can vote on your favorite online. You may also have heartburn. This year's participating restaurants include the city's most famous burger joint, Pie 'n Burger, as well as Twohey's Restaurant (home of the Stinko burger, made with just pickles and onions), Umami Burger and all three Lucky Baldwins locations. Read more...