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September 8, 2012

Oysters and sweet potatoes

(Continued)

“Well,” Emil asked, “Did you know my wife, Edna, is now in charge of the school cafeteria at Southeastern?”

“I didn’t even know we had a Southeastern?” I replied.

“Look, Ed, don’t get tangled up in the details. The point is that the schools are working hard to start feeding our kids healthy stuff.”

“Yeah, I knew that. I came across this UPI article: ‘School cafeterias are taking on a colorful new look this fall as students across the country sit down to lunches that feature red sweet peppers, yellow squash and purple cabbage. Even the french fries have a new hue: orange sweet potato.

“‘New federal nutrition standards require schools to offer students more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to limit the sodium, calories, and saturated and trans fats in school meals. Whole grains are now a staple and quinoa is fast becoming a member of the school lunch lexicon. The offerings must come in a variety of colors and schools are limited in the number of times starchy vegetables, such as corn and potatoes, can be served each week.’”

“Wow, I love eating quinoa. Most people can’t even pronounce that. I think it is made from the berry of some South American bush.” Emil explained.

“You know I like this,” I interjected. “I think our nation is moving in the direction of healthier eating. Training our children in better eating habits should be a goal for parents as well. It is a lot cheaper to eat healthy than pay those steep medical bills down the road!”

Emil agreed. “After all, Ed, that’s why we walk.”

• Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@att.net.

 

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