Parents who provide their children with a school lunch usually try to for a balanced meal if they can.
So, one mum who gave her a son a mixture of fruits, vegetables, dairy and carbs was shocked to learn that it was deemed ‘unhealthy’ by the school.
Laura Lee commented on a Facebook post where teachers were sharing the worst meals bought in by their students.
The food she had made for her son included celery and pepper sticks, grapes and hummus, sandwiches, cucumbers, and three mini cookies.
And yet, the latter fell foul with her son’s teachers.
She wrote on the post: ‘I thought it was pretty balanced – evidently not.’
Other parents swapped their own stories with strict school lunch guidelines.
Mum Christina replied saying: ‘That looks great and well balanced, my son’s drink got sent home because it was fizzy, it was sparkling water.’
Others wondered why school dinners contained sugary foods without complaints but parents couldn’t feed their children similar goods.
‘Amazing, when a child’s free school lunch can have syrup sponge and custard for a pudding,’ wrote one mum.
‘Not complaining as my child does have free school meals at the moment and to be fair they seem okay and she is having lots of veg and fruit but if the free school meal children can have cake and custard for afters then why can’t a packed lunch child (with a lovely lunch as above) have some cookies?
‘It’s not like it’s a chocolate bar!’
They also encouraged the mum to speak to the headteacher to provide an example of what an ideal meal might look like.
According to law, food served in some schools and academies in England must meet the school food standards so that children have healthy, balanced diets.
So there can’t be drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals and vending machines or more than two portions of deep-fried, battered or breaded food a week.