Today I went shopping with my Okinawan friend, Kanae at a local Walmart type store. I snapped this picture there of a display of all the different varieties of dried squid you can buy for snacking!
She also introduced these little guys to me. (Look at all the small beady eyes!)
They are dried fish and almond snack, which apparently is a completely usual treat for elementary school students as part of their school sponsored bento lunch box.
She explained that Okinawan schools try to give the kids a healthy "dessert" each day. Forget about Little Debbies or Fruit Roll-ups, Okinawan children gobble these down like candy!
Hmm...how do you think these would go over in an American school?
While I do admire the Japanese healthy lunch program, after force-feeding them down my own throat, I just can't imagine packing them in my future imaginary child's lunch everyday. What do you think?