One school lunch could not possibly win over a cafeteria full of diverse middle- and high-schoolers. It could, however, appropriately balance nutrition with flavor. If you were to describe a perfect lunch, what would it be?
Ray: For me, the perfect lunch would be stromboli (this kind of Italian dish which is like a Hot Pocket stuffed with cheese and pepperoni and tomato sauce). For dessert I would have strawberry Pop Tarts. For a drink I would have Rutter’s Iced Tea. Very refreshing. It might be unhealthy, but it gets me through the next four periods.
Paige: From an early age, I’ve been called a picky eater. Not because certain food colors or textures repulse me but more due to the fact that I don’t eat the typical foods that most other people eat. I can’t stand hamburger, steak, pork, hot dogs and beef in general — so that basically rules out a wide variety of meals. However, I love chicken and turkey. As for side dishes, I absolutely adore anything cheesy or sweet. So, despite the fact that I pack my lunch to school every day, I would say my ideal lunch would be spicy popcorn chicken, macaroni and cheese, a piece of buttered bread, a peanut butter milkshake, and a bowl of mint ice cream. Fortunately for my running career and health, this dream will never come true.
Kristen: Quiero la comida espanol! (I love Spanish food!) My ideal lunch would be similar to Chipotle. We would have a burrito buffet that would include all of the yummy fix-ins such as chicken, beef, beans, corn, lettuce, salsa, peppers, tomatoes, rice and so much more. With this kind of lunch everyone could choose what they want, so there wouldn’t be any complaints about not liking the food. As a side dish the school could offer tortilla chips with salsa or fruit-filled empanadas. I think a lunch like this would satisfy all of the food groups and be full of flavor. While this would be the perfect lunch … for now it is just a dream.
Maddie: My perfect school lunch is a corn dog. Yes, my friends have pointed out to me countless times that they bounce when you drop them — ew! However, I just cannot resist. It’s like a hot dog with the bun attached, only better! While my friends shy away from “icky” processed foods, opting for pita bread sandwiches and organic yogurt, no one can deny the tastiness of a hot corn dog fresh out of the lunch lady’s greasy grip.
Bria: I don’t eat school lunch often because of the lack of choices offered, but I would definitely eat lunch daily if they offered spinach salads and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I also have a taste for frozen peaches. It’s a shame that my school only offers them in the spring!