So, my life is basically over… my toothbrush ran out of batteries tonight and I had to power it with my hand! What did I ever do before the invention of the battery-powered toothbrush? I love that dagnabbed thing. It feels like your teeth are getting a right good turbo clean… not that usual whimpy can’t go in a circular motion hand-powered toothbrush. The HUMANITY! Life as I know it will never be the same… EVER!!!!! What’s that you say? Go buy more batteries you yellow-bellied lizard? That would be a novel idea, but sadly I’m not smart enough to get the bottom of the toothbrush open to change the batteries. Who invented these childproof toothbrushes anyway? I’d sue the company if it weren’t so much hassle to fill out the paperwork. Carry on with your lives as usual. Mine will just be on hold until I can figure out how to twist off my toothbrush bottom. 😛
In news that is actually news… I was excited to read this article. Apparently, school lunches are getting a revamp! FINALLY!
The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popular pizza – will come with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side.
First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new guidelines during a visit Wednesday with elementary students. Michelle Obama, also joined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, said youngsters would learn better if they don’t have growling stomachs at school.
“As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat, and ensure they have a reasonably balanced diet,” Obama said. “And when we’re putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria.”
After the announcement, the three went through the line with students and ate turkey tacos with brown rice, black bean and corn salad, and fruit – all Ray’s recipes – with the children in the Parklawn Elementary lunchroom.
Under the new rules, pizza won’t disappear from lunch lines, but will be made with healthier ingredients. Entire meals will have calorie caps for the first time and most trans fats will be banned. Sodium will gradually decrease over a 10-year period. Milk will have to be low in fat and flavored milks will have to be nonfat.
Although, I hate how they are villanizing pizza. Pizza can be a part of a healthy lifestyle… it all depends what ingredients are put on it. Though, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I do think it’s ridiculous that they are calling it a vegetable due to the tomato paste.
My recollection of the school lunch back in my day, approximately 8 billion years ago when I walked uphill both ways to school and didn’t own a pair of shoes… is foggy at best. I seem to remember “mystery” meat on salisbury steak day… and always wondered if the mashed potatoes were real. I’m pretty sure they were watered down potato flakes slathered with butter. When I got to high school level, I brought my lunch… except when they had ala cart salad day. My mom would let me eat the salad because salad fit with my “die”t I was always on. She didn’t get to see what I put on that sucker… 8 gallons of cheese… ham by the pig loin… enough croutons to supply a small 3rd world country… and enough ranch dressing to cover up the few pieces of green I had splayed across the plate. Do you want some lettuce with that “salad”? In other words, my “salad” should have been called a Hammy Cheesy Ranchy casserole or Clogged Artery Delight. I’d venture to guess I had at least 1000 calories on that sucker… AT LEAST!!!!
It’s time that they changed the school lunch guidelines. I don’t know how easy it will be to retrain kids to eat the healthy food instead of picking up a bag of chips and a candy bar in the vending machines, but it has to be tried. For the sake of the Hammy Delight Casserole… it has to be tried!!
Question of the Day: Do you remember anything about your school lunches? What do you think of the new guidelines? Will kids eat it?