I often examine their lunch menus. Their meals include rice, noodles or some kind of bread roll. There's an abundance of vegetables; all kinds of meat and fish; clear soups; beans and other legumes; seaweed. Occasionally they're given a piece of seasonal fruit or a Japanese sweet for a special occasion. The dairy component is a bottle of milk.
It's all calorie-tracked and analysed for fat content, protein and calcium. It seems to be perfectly balanced. Both of my kids are completely satisfied after eating and remain that way for several hours.
I make Little Guy's lunch twice a week, a bento. It is inspected by his teacher. It must include vegetables.
The image above is part of the new initiative on the part of the US government to improve kids' (and adults') eating habits. It's a wonderful graphic, an updated version of the food pyramid.
I still wonder if it's going to fall on deaf ears. My friend in New Zealand and I were talking last week about the kids' lunchboxes. She'd been on a class-trip with her daughter and was shocked to see how many little packets of
images from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ via Li'l Magoolie.