There is a revolution, my friends and Jamie Oliver is leading the way, and yes I’m following him to the end.
I watched last season and of course I’m totally hooked on the second one. If you don’t know, Jamie’s on a quest to save American kids from their school lunches and I can totally understand why. No hate on the cafeteria people but there’s a lot of frozen/processed food going on which just isn’t healthy. And it totally makes sense, how can we expect to have healthy meals for kiddos when we don’t demand for it. I don’t really remember much from my school lunch days. My mom made me bring lunch to school even though I would beg her to let me buy my lunch. (I was only allowed to on Fridays because that was pizza day and if you spent $1.25 you got a pizza boat which was the bees knees back in the day.) I understand from my mom’s perspective on the need to save money. But it seems that school lunch hasn’t changed much over the years, Chicken tenders, Fish sticks, pizza, etc., were all a staple back in my day and it seems like they’re still there.
I once heard that Anthony Bourdain made the comment that cooking classes should be brought back to schools since kids these days don’t even know how to cook an egg. I tend to agree. How can we expect kids to make healthy eating decisions when they don’t know the difference between what’s good for them and what isn’t. I don’t think I ever saw a salad being offered at my school, but then I went to a small Catholic all-girls school, which I think was just getting by. I remember when I was in elementary school they banned us from the vending machines and then threatened to take them away as well. We thought the world was coming to an end. But I think they didn’t because of the High Schoolers who shared the same cafeteria as us. In the end we still got to sneak around and use the vending machine.
So Jamie’s leading the food revolution and I always feel awkward eating my snacks while watching the show. I end up throwing the cheese and crackers back in the fridge and finding some carrots to munch on. I guess he’s also reminding me that veggies rule.