Happy Herbivore Blog

February 27, 2010

Healthy School Lunches for Kids

Have you heard about the Healthy School Lunch Initiave? It's fantastic. The Physcian's Commitee for Responsible Medicine has created a petition to help push Congress into giving kids healthier school lunches -- and vegetarian options. Even if you or your child is not a vegetarian (or vegan) but you're tired of the deep-fried, overly processed and unhealthy muck schools are serving these days, sign the petition!

Tell Congress that students deserve healthy foods—more vegetables, fruits, vegetarian foods, and healthful nondairy beverages. (Both parents and students can sign the petition!) You can also "fan" the iniative on Facebook.

I have been a huge supporter since I first learned about this revolution and was thrilled when PCRM asked me to devise a few healthy vegan lunch box lunch menus! Kid-tested and parent-approved, your kids will love these healthy vegan lunches!

Menu #1

- Crispy Chickenless Nuggets (+ dipping sauce)
- Kale Chips
- Grapes
- Pumpkin-Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
- Water or 100% Juice Box

Menu #2

- Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich
- Apple
- Carrot Sticks
- Black Bean Brownie
- Water or 100% Juice Box

Menu #3

- Baked Mini Corn Dogs (+ dipping sauce)
- Jicama Slices
- Kale Chips
- Pumpkin-Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
- Water or 100% Juice Box

Menu #4

- Chickpea Noodle Soup (in thermos)
- Orange
- Celery Sticks
- Carrot Cake Cupcake
- Water or 100% Juice Box

Menu #5

- Hummus (with mixed vegetables for dipping)
- Apple
- Orange
- Chocolate-Zucchini Muffin
- Water or 100% Juice Box

PCRM is also hosting a contest, "What's on your tray?" To enter, post a photo of the worst school lunch (or the best vegetarian school lunch) on PCRM's Facebook page and explain why it's so great or terrible. Contest is open to parents, teachers and students.  The winning photo will be posted on HealthySchoolLunches.org and the winner will receive a free "Plant Power" lunchbag!

What are some of YOUR favorite, healthy lunch items? Please share!

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