Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day 102- Nutrition Bite

"Chef Dominique Valadier starts each day at 5:30 a.m. just as the fish market opens in the southern French provincial town of Salon de Provence. On one particular day, he picked up 20 pounds of fresh, live mussels at the market before heading off to Lycee de 'Emperi, the public high school where he is the cook. At the school, he prepares meals for about 800 students, using all fresh and local ingredients. The introduction of healthy school lunch programs, like this one, is one major reason France has been able to curb childhood obesity rates after two decades on the rise according to two recent studies.The menu for this day at Valadier's high school: mussels in cream sauce over rice with leeks and stuffed turkey thighs, accompanied by a squash au gratin casserole." Click on NPR link to listen to how Chef Valadier proves school lunch can be healthy.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I don't believe I've ever eaten mussels in cream sauce with leeks, and definitely not in the public school system. My school lunch memories were chicken sandwiches with thin white buns and nasty fries. In junior high school, the candy machines were a temptation, and lunch was a bag of chips everyday for a year. By the time high school rolled around, I was not interested in school lunch and usually ate fast food off campus. I would have loved Chef Valadier as my school lunch chef!

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