Comparing U.S. School Lunches To The Rest Of The World.. The Results Might Shock You!

Apparently, schools in the US are planning to serve “healthier” lunches for their students. I say it’s about time the US stepped up its game, as other countries are making them look bad, REALLY bad..

Fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie is what a school lunch looks like in the US. Compare this insult to parents, palettes and taxpayers alike with what other nations feed their school children.

The contrast is striking to say the least.

school lunch USA
Fried ‘popcorn’ chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie.
school lunch Brazil
Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread and baked plantains.
school lunch Finland
Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread and pannakkau (dessert pancake) with fresh berries.
school lunch France
Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese and fresh fruit.
school lunch Greece
Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds.
school lunch Italy
Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes.
South Korea
school lunch South Korea
Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi and fresh veggies.
school lunch Spain
Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread and an orange.
school lunch Ukraine
Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage and syrniki (a dessert pancake).

Surprisingly, the lunches in these other nations were far more nutritious and fresh, when compared to the processed meals served to American children. Through this visual project, Sweetgreen hopes to raise awareness and promote school lunch reforms in the US.