An amazing discovery was made while visiting some friends of mine that live in Paris. Imagine sitting down for a noon meal that consists of oeufs durs vinaigrette - hard boiled eggs vinaigrette, gigot d'agneau aux herbes - leg of lamb with herbs, pommes de terre sautées - sautéed potatoes, Camembert bio - Camembert cheese, fruit de saison - seasonal fruit.
Sounds wonderful right?
Now picture this...
This is what my friends child had for lunch that day...at school. No, not a private school, nor a meal made by mom and taken to school to be eaten. This was the menu for the day in a public school! And we wonder why our American children are obese. I couldn't get over it when they told me that this is what the food is like daily. Made me want to go back to school...only this time in France!
They gave me the web address so, if anyone is interested in seeing a "typical" school menu for French children, go here -
Scroll down until you hit the bottom and see Caisse des écoles then click on Consulter les menus en cours. Scroll about half way down and on the right you'll see a listing for Menus 2008/2009. Clicking on Menus septembre 2009 or Menus août 2009 and a pdg will open allowing you to see the menus for the month.
I'd love to hear what people think of this. I know I found myself wishing my children had food like this in school and thinking my grandkids should be eating like this instead of hamburgers and fries, pizza all washed down with Coke.