I was shocked to learn from Toni of GoFamouslyGreen.com that a Chicago Public School has now banned homemade lunches, and other Chicago Schools have done the same thing.
The first thoughts came into my mind were: How about vegans? vegetarians? whole foods? organic foods? local foods? BPA free containers? How about a variety of RAW fruits and vegetables?
My friend Christina doesn’t trust the mandated health guidelines for nutritional meals in school because the breakfast cereal her child’s school offers within federal guidelines provide a whopping 25 grams of sugar. “A KING SIZE SNICKER BAR HAS LESS SUGAR THAN THE FOOD THE SCHOOL PROVIDED TO MY CHILD AND HER CLASSMATE FOR BREAKFAST!”
Yikes! I’m sure the 25 grams of sugar was as refined as sugar could be too.
Toni took the words right out of my mouth when she said: “It’s sad that the things you and your family believe in have to be compromised by the very system in place to provide support.”
Well, I’m glad we don’t have that problem yet. Spring is here and we are enjoying lots of picnics outdoors.
So, what’s in a raw vegan lunchbox?
Secondly, preparing a raw vegan lunch is so easy: no cooking required! Most of the time, I am packing dinner leftovers for lunch – if I didn’t do it the night before already. How easy can it get!
Each day is different, but here’s a sample of what my son enjoyed the other day (pictured above):
Tastes Just Like Honey “Pooh Bear” Smoothie – we just substitute in-season fruits, like mangoes, for the pear
Fruit: Apple, Banana, Berries
A Big Kale Salad