Smarter Than Pancakes

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Old Food

Filed under: Meal Plans — shaye3 @ 8:52 am
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I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to meal planning and preparation this past week. To make up for it, I pulled out several cookbooks yesterday to peruse for inspiration. While I was at it, I ran across a book I inherited called Mother’s Encyclopedia, put out by Parents’ Institute in 1965.

It is full of all kinds of hilarious information about rearing children, I thought I’d share this sample menu for a 10 year old.

A Sample Day’s Meals For A 10-Year-Old

BREAKFAST
Tomato Juice (3/4 cup). Hot whole-wheat cereal (2/3 cup) with milk (1/2 cup).
Toast (2 slices) with butter or fortified margarine (2 teaspoonfuls). Milk (1/2 pint).

LUNCH
(If served at school or at home)
Creamed eggs (3/4 cup). Green beans (1/2 cup) with butter or fortified margarine (1 teaspoonful).
Oatmeal muffins (2) with butter or fortified margarine (2 teaspoonfuls). Milk (1/2 pint).
(If brought from home)
Sandwich–peanut butter and raw carrot on buttered whole-grain or enriched bread.
Sandwich–chopped dried fruit on buttered whole-grain or enriched bread.
Supplemented at school by–
Orange. Milk soup (1 cup) or cocoa (1 cup).

DINNER
Meat loaf (1 serving). Scalloped potatoes (2/3 cup). Cole slaw with red and green peppers (1/2 cup). Whole-wheat bread or enriched bread (2 slices) with butter or fortified margarine (2 teaspoonfuls). Applesauce (1/2 cup). Molasses cookies (2 thin). Milk (1/2 pint).

First of all, you can just forget about my child willingly consuming tomato juice, creamed eggs, or meatloaf. He’s a pretty good eater, but there are some things even I won’t make him eat. Creamed eggs? Yuck!

Next, the sheer amount of enriched bread (a.k.a. Wonder bread) and fortified margarine was boggling! How enriched and fortified did they thing that stuff was???

Finally, I notice the complete lack of green leafy vegetables, and a serious shortage of produce in general.

It’s no wonder people are so unhealthy in our country today if that’s what was being taught was a healthy menu forty years ago.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

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1 Comment »

  1. Oh dear. That menu is just frightening. 😛 WTH are creamed eggs, anyway? And milk soup? Gross!

    Comment by canarygirl — Monday, April 28, 2008 @ 1:40 pm | Reply


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