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    Lightbulb Smarties Sandwiches and the School Lunch Gestapo

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    The Smartie sandwich: Shocking filling found in packed lunch sparks new healthy eating drive | Mail Online

    I like how they assume the mother did this, never mind the father, but misogyny aside...
    No one can argue that a smartie sandwich is healthy or suitable. But instances like these provoke the usual cries of "ban them! regulate them! oblige school-provided meals!".
    But then of course enforced school meals would be full of hearthealthywholegrains and yummycanolaoil.

    So how do we reconcile "our" freedom to provide fatty, meat laden, high protein food, with this parent's freedom to provide junk?

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    Primal living, one person at a time would be my answer. But I guess we're already trying.

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    The entire article lost me here:
    But not only have the free school meals seen children eating more healthy lunchtime options such as pasta, baked potatoes and lean meat, it is also said to have improved behaviour.
    Primal will NEVER be the norm in school lunches. It's far to expensive, and kids will hate it anyway. Just look at the trash cans in the cafeteria -- that's where you'll find the veggies.

    BTW those aren't even Smarties... they're Skittles. Maybe candy is different in the UK?

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    Those are definitely Smarties. Skittles are brighter colours and have an 'S' on each one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
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    The Smartie sandwich: Shocking filling found in packed lunch sparks new healthy eating drive | Mail Online

    I like how they assume the mother did this, never mind the father, but misogyny aside...
    No one can argue that a smartie sandwich is healthy or suitable. But instances like these provoke the usual cries of "ban them! regulate them! oblige school-provided meals!".
    But then of course enforced school meals would be full of hearthealthywholegrains and yummycanolaoil.

    So how do we reconcile "our" freedom to provide fatty, meat laden, high protein food, with this parent's freedom to provide junk?
    What misogyny?
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    Smarties in Canada, and I guess the UK, are candy coated chocolate things. Sort of like M&Ms but better. Those are Smarties. I'm an elementary school teacher and Ive seen students with white sugar sandwiches. So that means bread with butter (at least there's butter) and white sugar sprinkled on.

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    I'm not sure it's the school's responsibility the monitor what kids bring to school (save for illegal items such as alcohol & tobacco). Of course candy in a sandwich is obviously unhealthy, but that's the result of poor parenting, imo, not the result of a poor school nutrition program. The food came from the home, not the cafeteria. I remember my best friend eating peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches daily for lunch in middle school! Not sure this is much better than a smarty sandwich. ;o)

    I agree school provided lunches should be re-vamped and inlcude more fresh veggies & fruit, and meat with less fried & breaded options. Unfortunately, the public school system may see this as an expense outside their budgets. I would also like to see more basic nutrition education at the elementary level - I've seen none of it in our schools. In middle school, there was some, but vending machines still lined the cafeteria along with pizza and fried pork sandwiches always daily options for paying kids.

    I feel like its a daily struggle with my kids to promote healthy eating choices outside our home. But it's in the home where good nutrition starts, not in school. I see school as a venue to support and promote nutrition, but its not the first or last stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaLeaf View Post
    I'm an elementary school teacher and Ive seen students with white sugar sandwiches. So that means bread with butter (at least there's butter) and white sugar sprinkled on.


    Socialist welfare programs like the NHS will always fail. Healthcare is not expensive because people are eating smartie sandwiches, it's expensive because its government and they make money through theft, not by actually providing a useful service.

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