Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I didn't know what a cheese zombie was until last week.
I avoided school lunches as much as possible when I was a child. I brown bagged it most of the time in elementary and middle school. In high school I went home for lunch since I lived only a block away. My experience with school lunches as a student consisted of seeing what my classmates threw away in disgust.
But as an adult I've had the opportunity to sit in at more than one school lunch and take part in what the children were eating. And I must admit, I'm impressed.
Local school nutritionists are doing a great job introducing our youth to fruits and veggies in a way that makes the cuisine extremely appealing instead of the part of the meal that ends up in the garbage at the end of lunch. Last year I visited Pioneer Elementary School and talked with some of the students about their lunches. I was surprised at how enthusiastic they were about the food they are served.
We've come a long way from the gray slop that I saw on my classmates' plates as a child. Nutritional values are up across the board. Balanced meals that children will eat are becoming a normal way of life.
And then there are cheese zombies.
A local delicacy, probably not too nutritious but certainly not bad. Freshly baked bread wrapped around melted cheese. I got my first taste last week and I'm already hooked.
Healthy is great. Healthy is essential. But it's nice that we still have cheese zombies as an occasional treat to make it all even better.