Most kids are back to school this week. While it’s great to get them out of the house to soak up knowledge, it’s harder to police what they’re shoveling down their throats! Grab your school’s lunch menu. Here are the 10 WORST foods being served in public school cafeterias:
10) CANNED PEACHES: One serving has 136 calories and 33 grams of sugar. That’s an entire DAY’S worth of sugar for a kid, and it has almost none of the nutrients you get from a fresh peach.
9) TATER TOTS: A serving size of nine tots has 150 calories and 7 grams of fat.
8) CHOCOLATE MILK: One little carton has 158 calories and 25 grams of sugar. To put that in perspective, a SNICKERS bar has 29 grams of sugar. So starting this year, public schools in Washington D.C. will stop offering flavored milk.
7) MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY: Usually, the kind served in public schools aren’t even real potatoes. They’re made from dehydrated POTATO FLAKES. One serving has around 240 calories, and 9 grams of fat.
6) CORN DOGS: The low-grade meat in the hot dog is full of nitrates, and wrapping it in cornbread doesn’t help. One corn dog has 240 calories and 34% of a child’s recommended daily intake of sodium.
5) PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY: It depends on what types of peanut butter and jelly the school uses, but it’s all basically sugar. So you can count on one sandwich having around 350 calories and 14 grams of fat.
4) MACARONI AND CHEESE: A serving of the over-processed kind from the cafeteria has about 350 calories, 18 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar, and four times as much salt as an individual size bag of potato chips.
3) TUNA CASSEROLE: It’s full of fish and vegetables, but it’s still one of the fattiest foods on the menu. One serving has 450 calories and 20 grams of fat.
2) SLOPPY JOES: Kids love them, but one sandwich has 635 calories and 27 grams of fat. And over a third of it is SATURATED fat.
1) NACHOS: One serving can have up to 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat.
Looking back…I never had corn dogs, PB&J or tuna casserole at my school. And, judging by this list, that’s a GOOD thing!