What’s green and plain and not eaten all around?
No one should be surprised if I say it’s a salad.
After all, the preference for other, tastier foods can be observed every day during lunch. Simply jump into a lunch line and watch the people around you. Chances are that many of them will be quick to skip the lettuce, opting for pizza or a burger and fries instead. Never mind that vegetables are well-known to be loaded with beneficial nutrients.
That’s not to say that the salads here aren’t good. In my opinion, it’s actually the opposite. Sure, when they’re undressed and uncooked, you might as well be munching on leaves. It’s then fortunate that chicken, shredded cheese, ranch dressing, corn, beans, and other healthy sides are also included.
But despite how wonderful salad boxes are, I’ve noticed a rather sad and disturbing fact these last few weeks: Woodcreek only has salads. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any other types of vegetables offered. Perhaps there is a small variety somewhere that I’ve missed—but that’s just it: they don’t number enough, at least definitely not when compared to the salads. I mean, come on, even the little Ziploc baggies of veggies are usually stuffed with…you know, freakin’ salad.
It gets tiring after a while. Not to mention how inconvenient this is for vegetarian, vegan, and vegetable-loving high schoolers. It might even be contributing to some people avoiding all vegetables during lunch, and the wild popularity of less healthy snack foods like chocolate-chip cookies, muffins, Gatorades, and fries.
Since we all seem to be suspended in an era of healthy-eating, the least that can be done is to make the healthy stuff more appealing, and more nutritious (as in covering a wide variety of nutrients, instead of solely the nutrients of lettuce and spinach…).
After all, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve been to other schools—such as middle schools—where broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, and celery are available. If they can pull it off, why can’t we?
We should work on this. Raw vegetables may be portrayed as bitter, disgusting, and ‘uncool’, but there’s no denying how important they are to human bodies. Teenage bodies, especially.
And seriously. As an avid veggie-eater, I have to admit that this is a little insulting. Especially considering how many boxes of salad I had to buy and force myself to swallow to take all these photos.