Hello, from Japan!
I'm a Japanese girl who used to work as an Aupair (live in Nanny) in America for 2 years. Before that, I helped in a kitchen at a preschool in Japan for a few months. Right now, I am working as a chef and am thinking about what I can do for American kids.
I'm not a nutritionist, but I ate Japanese school lunch for about 20 years; since the age of 4. I'm thankful for what I ate during my school lunches!
Please know I really enjoy American food!
It's fun to explore other food cultures.
But, there were some things that shocked me about American kids eating habits. So, I understand nothing can change magically. We just have to make changes little by little. Anyway, This is time to introduce something from Japan.
(ex.) Main dish → Rice or Bread or Pasta →Soup →Main dish → Rice or Bread or Pasta → Soup....
In Japan, We usually learn how to eat food in triangular patterns when we were little kids. So, You have to make sure it is in triangular order. This is good practice in learning know how to eat a balanced meal by yourself.
I think you can arrange this as square, pentagon and so on. Please go ahead add a salad or a side dish. As time goes by, if I have meat or fish, I automatically want to eat rice, then I start to want to eat vegetable. Isn't it nice?
Also, Triangular way could be give you rhythm. and let your mouth reset. You can imagine wine and cheese.It is work well for harmony too.
I've been thinking if I could have a chance to work for an American school lunch program, I could make great improvements! I saw many donations for school lunch. Hopefully, this post could be small donations for lovely, American kids from me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my ideas and thanks for reading!
Here is the photos which I cooked meal for kids in america.
Decorated Sushi Cake
for Birthday Party
put vegetable and meat on a skewer! then grill or put oven.
I tried cook meals colorful like green,yellow,white (or brown) and red!