Meal plan and Japanese culture

Meal plan and Japanese culture

August 13, 2010Jett Hudd  

I am so fascinated by the dietary habits of the children in Japan. This is what we’ve learned from our exchange students staying with us:

Japanese children do not eat sweet things for breakfast (like sweet cereals)  Typical breakfast is rice and miso soup, or a rice ball with tuna in the middle.Japanese mothers get very angry at the children if they are caught snacking on sweet things such as cookies or candy.Japanese children have to clean their plates!  No food left on their plate or their mothers will be mad.Japanese families have dessert almost every night.  When I asked what the dessert was… they responded with, “Fruit.”Many food products in America are too sweet for our Japanese friends.Bottom line.. they eat much less sugar than American children!

This is some of the food that our friends brought for our family to try:

We haven’t tried the shrimp chips yet.

Anyway- I’ll share a few Japanese meals we’ve had this past week with you later this week.. In the meantime, here is the Meal plan for the week:  (Another from his Eat for Health Book. (email me for recipes if you like one)

  Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner Monday Cinnamon Fruit Oatmeal Vegetable wrap,  with raw cashews Frozen bananas with nuts Tuscan Pasta and Arugula with raw veggies Tuesday Whole grain cereal with low fat milk and berries on whole grain bread, green salad Blueberries and strawberries with milk Steak and roasted vegetable salad Wednesday Scrambled eggs with mushrooms Turkey Sandwich on whole grain bread with mixed veggies Tropical fruit salad Black bean soup Thursday whole-grain bagel with light cream cheese and berries and portobello sandwich with baby carrots or pita wedges Dijon chicken, baked potato fries Friday Green Smoothie Gazpacho summer soup Fruit and berry compote Turkey spinach burgers

The girls are calling me down for some fried rice, so gotta go… recipe and pictures to come! 

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