The Debate on Healthy School Lunch – A Year in Review

12-26-2015.Image1It has been almost three years since the enactment of Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2012. Under this rule, schools are required to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans-fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. How has this rule affected the students across the country? What is the reality of today’s school lunch systems in America?  Continue reading

Arugula Chicken Sandwich—A Healthy and Easy-to-Make Lunch

 

unused-ArugulaSandwich.Image2Arugula, also known as Eruca sativa, salad rocket, garden rocket, rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, etc., is often used in North America to make garden salad. This leafy green plant, low in calories but abundant in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, can also add taste, color, and rich nutrition to sandwiches.

Today, I used fresh arugula to make chicken sandwiches. I seared chicken breasts, roasted pancetta, made the dressing, and added arugula and tomato to complete the sandwiches—all within 20 minutes. Not a bad experience for making a healthy, tasty, and convenient lunch on a time-crunched day. Continue reading