What they got: Half-baked cheese sandwich, macaroni salad, cucumber slices, an orange and lowfat milk
Grilled cheese....yummm! What kid doesn't like a grilled cheese? Well surprisingly some but not all!
I was very curious to see what the grilled cheese sandwiches looked like or how they were made only because I could not imagine the kitchens grilling hundreds of sandwiches- and they didn't! From what it looks like they warmed or baked the sandwiches for a little time in a convection oven, probably just enough to melt the cheese, but not enough for it to look like its actually been grilled. The one below is made from the heel of the bread so it looks toasted/grilled but is not.
The issue with this grilled cheese is that its made with processed american cheese and as we know as soon as anything is processed there is a good chance that its high in sodium AND saturated fat. A typical brand like Kraft American cheese has 250mg of sodium per slice and weighs in at 2.5g of saturated fat. Now, times that by 2 (because it looks like they used at least 2 slices per sandwich), and you have 500mg of sodium or 20% RDA (recommended daily allowance), and 5g of saturated fats or 26% RDA for a diet based on 2000 calories - ALL this in just the cheese!
(These values are based on a 2000 calorie diet)
At this age kids should be eating anything between 1,200 and 1,600 calories a day- depending on how active they are. As you can see the above nutritional information raises a red flag. Too much sodium and too much fat.
Here is a quick comparison of American vs. cheddar:
Nutrition Facts for Slice of American
Serving Size 1 serving (19.0 g)
|Calories from fat 40|
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 250mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 1.0g 0%
Nutrition Facts For Cheddar Cheese
Serving Size 1 Cubic inch - 17.0 g
Calories from fat 51
Total Fat 5.6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 0.2g 0%
|Vitamin A 3%||•||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 12%||•||Iron 1%|
We can safely say that cheddar contains much less sodium and a little more fat than american. Also, nutritionally is more beneficial because it contains more protein, however, american does contain more calcium.
Given the choice though, I'd opt for the unprocessed cheddar cheese.