Teaching Kids To Help Others With Food Waste

When I was a substitute teacher, I noticed at lunchtime how much food, untouched and unopened, ended up in the trash from the kid’s lunch trays. I thought that was not right considering I myself have had times of wonder where my next meal would come from. It is difficult to function in school and in life without the right amount of food in your stomach. It is also difficult to function well at work or school when you do not have the right kinds of healthy foods in your stomach. Schools in America are changing these needs.

Designated Unopened Food Areas

In several states across the United States schools have designated a space in the lunchroom where kids can give their unopened milk, untouched apples, and more. The kids just simply take the unopened foods from their tray and place it in the clean designated area before throwing the other stuff from the tray away.

Free To All At Lunch

The designated area is a share-table and anyone during lunch is allowed to take from the table if they need something to eat. The table is supervised to make sure the food stays untampered. Many kids are shy about being hungry, I know I was. This table makes the process a little easier for kids to help themselves and not have to go through a lot of red tape. An extra apple or a carton of milk can mean the difference between a child concentrating on a test. I know, I have been there both in high school and college. This program is brilliant and helps solve a silent problem in this country.

To Charity It Goes

At the end of the day, a responsible cafeteria party gets the remaining unopened food prepared. Someone from a charity or food bank then comes and picks the food up and brings it back to their organization. This unopened food is then distributed to kids and families in need. This helps stop the waste of the food and helps people get the good nutrition in this country they need to succeed in life.

Teaching Kids Good Feelings Through Charity

So many people love to help and it is never too early to learn. The kids in these schools that do this program feel good. They learn at an early age what it means to help someone. A healthy individual is one who learns to look outside themselves. This food save program helps young kids do just that. By participating in this help program, this helps kids be more conscious in their decisions and behavior. They are also more likely to continue to give to charity through their life.

The Food Is Regulated

The proper individuals check all the unopened food for expiration dates and contamination. Every precaution is taken to make sure that the food donated is healthy and clean. From the cafeteria in the schools to the food banks or charitable organizations, the proper authority is used to ensure the freshness of the food so everyone can stay and healthy. Everyone works together to help out the program for success.

We are a blessed nation and a busy one. This no-food-waste program helps many hungry kids with getting the extra food they need to feel good. The program also helps the self-esteem of the children both who need the food and those who have a lot and want to help others that they know who do not have as much as they do. There is plenty of food to go around. We can all utilize this helping spirit in our lives.

Fruits That Help, Fruits That Hurt

I have always found most fruit to be a good thing to eat no matter the time of day, as it is it sweet yet nutritious and easily accessible, not to mention portable. You may prefer some fruits over others, and some certainly are better for you too, but the main goal to eating fruit and making it matter is looking at those that are high in vitamins and fiber but low on the bad things like sugar and calories. Here are 8 fruits you should eat and 8 that you should not.

8 Best Power Fruits for Better Health

Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the better choices as it solely contains an enzyme that is very beneficial to humans. It helps you to absorb medicines better and can help against heart cancer and its predecessor diabetes. Find easy ways to put it in your food like oatmeal for breakfast, smoothie for lunch, and top it off as a salsa for dessert.

Blueberries

Blueberries have a higher antioxidant than most food which helps against aging and calorie intake. They help with muscle stress and memory and give you some of your vitamin D and K doses while being low in fiber and carbohydrates. They are an easy item to add to tons of dishes, which is a huge benefit to this fruit.

Watermelon

Put some fresh watermelon into salads or cheeses for a twist on a classic. It lowers muscle soreness and blood pressure while keeping you well hydrated from what it is made from.

Apples

If you eat an apple peel-on, you will get a boost of vitamins that reduce the chances of heart disease or stroke. This certainly proving the old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away! They are a low-cost fruit to give you fiber and some extra water.

Grapefruit

Great for weight control, this fruit also gives you tons of vitamin C and A, protein, magnesium, and more. They reduce the risk of cancer which is extremely important, so make them more palatable by sprinkling a little sugar on their sourness.

Avocados

Manage blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol, and fatigue with avocados daily. Being high in omega acids, iron, vitamins B6, C, and D, they help your immune system overall. It is a great choice to keep you up and running normally.

Lemons

Lemons give over 139 percent of your daily vitamin C dose; why else would you need a reason to include them in your diet? Alleviate your stroke, cancer, and kidney stone risk too. Skirt some in your drinks, or drink it straight for a boost.

Kiwi

The fruit has so much fiber present, it helps your digestion immensely and overall stomach health. An enzyme called actinidin allows kiwis to help with IBS symptoms. Don’t forget, it is easy to feel good when you are taking in good food.

Are These Fruit Bad For Your Health?

Bananas

They are mostly carbs and contain a great deal of sugar. The catch is that as it ripens, it becomes even more sugary. So while good for you, it is important to include them sparingly.

Cherries

You should only eat a small amount, as they are rich in fiber and could have ill effects. Top a parfait or eat as a quick addition to some nuts. They may be small but pack a punch.

Mangos

Another fruit rich in sugars and carbs, it is important to keep the amount you eat from this fruit slight. You can freshen up a smoothie with this fruit. Don’t forget to catch them at their ripest for the best effects.

Coconuts

Containing a ridiculous number of calories, mostly from fat, it is essential to stay away from putting heaping amounts into anything you consume. They are currently a popular fruit, put in a vast array of things and food. The coconut filling is great for your body if not overdone.

Cranberries

This fruit is on the bandwagon of being high in calories and sugar, making it an add on item to your dishes. They could increase kidney stone risk despite the myths to the contrary. Like all things, it is imperative not to have to much of a good thing.

Grapes

Grapes are a fruit most could eat a great deal of and not even notice. However, that quickly makes this fruit have a downside. Eating grapes could actually lead to weight gain, further gut problems, and a high carbohydrate intake.

Oranges

This bright and juicy fruit serves to be a delicious treat, yet it erodes tooth enamel. Get its nutrients from a small portion of drink and skip the whole fruit. You are more likely to get health benefits from a more fitting fruit that serves to help important factors in your body.

Lychee

The Lychee contains things that actually work against us, from their very makeup. It makes us unable to synthesize glucose which could lead to low blood sugar and then further problems. Eating heart healthy fruit is essential, so make sure you concentrate on those that help and are not a detriment to being beneficial.