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A Healthy Menu?

At the project meeting in Ibi (Spain) in November 2009, the students attending the workshop were asked to devise a healthy European menu. This was done in three different multinational groups with different outcomes. It turned out that "healthy" is not a clearly defined term, that different countries of origin led to different suggestions, and that some of the students preferred sweet stuff that they liked but that is not necessarily good for your health.

In the following we document the results of one of the groups at the workshop to show the contradictions that appear when you try to plan a healthy menu.

 

poster with menu

 

A European Healthy Menu

Monday: Spanish food

Breakfast:
one piece of fruit: orange, apple, pear ... Also, we can have milk with cereals and one slice of toast with tomato, oil, or jam.

School Break:
a sandwich with bacon or a tortilla of potatoes.

Lunch:
gazpacho, it's a food with bread, meat, and spices. For dessert you can eat fruit.

Tea Time:
a sandwich of highland ham or cheese, and you can drink orange juice.

Dinner:
a salad with some meat or fish.

 

Tuesday: Italian food

Breakfast:
milk, orange juice, fruit and toast with jam and butter.

School Break:
a sandwich with ham or  tomato.

Lunch:
pasta with sauce.

Tea Time:
bread with tomato or chocolate; ice cream and sweets.

Dinner:
fish or salad.

 

Wednesday: German food

Breakfast:
muesli with fruit or a bread with marmelade.

School Break:
a sandwich with lettuce and cheese.

Lunch:
potatos with eggs and spinach.

Tea Time:
coffee and cake.

Dinner:
some fruit or bread with cheese

 

Thursday: Polish Food

Breakfast:
coffee or tea, milk with corn flakes and sandwiches.

School Break:
some fruit (apple, banana).

Lunch:
chicken soup, pork chop with cabbage and potatoes.

Tea Time:
something sweet - cake.

Dinner:
toast.

 

Friday: English Food

Breakfast:
toast with butter and jam.

School Break:
cereal bar or fruit.

Lunch:
pasta with tomato sauce and chicken and vegetables.

Tea Time:
fruit.

Dinner:
cheese or ham sandwiches.

 

Saturday: International Food

Breakfast:
coffee, fruit, sandwiches, milk with chocolate.

Lunch:
We're going to a Chinese restaurant.

Tea Time:
sweets – bar of chocolate.

Dinner:
sandwiches with vegetables.

 

Sunday: Also International Food

Breakfast:
donuts with milk and water.

Lunch:
lasagne.

Tea Time:
coffee with cake.

Dinner:
potatoes with spinach.