Chef Marc Vetri sees value in changing school lunches
Focusing solely on the quality of the food is missing half of the equation, he says. Telling children something is healthy and expecting them to eat it is probably one of the more arduous tasks ever. Anyone who has children knows chicken nuggets and French fries always get a "hip hip hurray," while carrot sticks and spinach elicit a chorus of "yucks" and "boos." But sitting at the table and placing all those things around them changes the game. All of a sudden, you're not just shoving something healthy down their throats. You're talking, eating, engaging and connecting. You're speaking a language that they can comprehend.
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