Monday, March 29, 2010
I don't watch a lot of television since we don't have cable TV or receive a TV signal in our home. Just recently I started watching two shows online. The first is Parenthood which caught my attention because one of the families deals with a child who has Asperger's which is similar to what my daughter has (she is high functioning Autistic). It is a fun little show.
The second show which I just started watching last night was Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Wow, it was amazing to watch this show and see what America's children are eating. With my daughter's autism we have always tried to stay away from foods with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors. Mind you, I don't have time to cook everything from scratch but I try to for the most part. But I am proud that if you ask my daughter what her favorite foods are she will be sure to include red bell peppers, carrots and peas. She is my little garden helper and veggie lover.
The part of the Food Revolution show that scared me the most was watching what kids in West Virginia are eating in school. My daughter is in 1/2 day Kindergarten so she has never eaten lunch at school. But last week her special education teacher asked if Jane could come to school full days twice a week. This would help her transition better in the fall.
The teacher asked if my daughter would be bringing lunch or eating school lunch. She was hoping Jane would be eating school lunch. That way she could be taught how to enter in her personal code on the special lunch key pad to receive her meal. So now I'm kind of freaked out about the whole school lunch program. I'm guessing the meals in our school district are a bit better then the ones the kids were receiving on the TV show. Our school has a no junk food and soda policy. Their snack cart only contains healthy items so I'm hoping the school lunches have similar standards. We are on Spring Break this week so once school starts back up, I'll have to dig a little deeper and see what the menu looks like.
Here is a link to Jamie Oliver's show if you are curious:
Wishing everyone a happy spring!!!