Children from across the world reveal what they really eat for lunch everyday

All the pictures in the 'What's For Lunch' project were taken by children using phone cameras, and the images were also captioned by them.
  • The What's For Lunch project provides an insight into what children from six continents eat for their midday meal
  • The photographs were taken by children using phone cameras and the images were captioned by them
  • Children go into great detail when describing their meals and firmly state what they like and dislike about their food

American children tuck into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, in Japan little ones feast on rice balls shaped like Shaun the Sheep and Brazilian kids enjoy a hearty three-course feast of pork with mashed potatoes, accompanied by sides of tomato salad and black bean soup.

Providing an interesting insight into what children from all over the world eat for lunch, this four-part photography series by app developer Toca Boca has pictures of the meals of ten children from six continents

All the pictures in the 'What's For Lunch' project were taken by children using phone cameras, and the images were also captioned by them. 

Kanoka, 11, Japan wrote: 'Shaun the Sheep rice ball is made with rice, seaweed and cheese. The bush is made with broccoli. Other parts are fried egg, sausage, Chinese fried pepper and steak and fruits (kiwi, watermelon and grapes)

Kanoka, 11, Japan wrote: 'Shaun the Sheep rice ball is made with rice, seaweed and cheese. The bush is made with broccoli. Other parts are fried egg, sausage, Chinese fried pepper and steak and fruits (kiwi, watermelon and grapes)

Malik, 10, from Illinois, had a 'PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) sandwich on honey wheat bread, fresh strawberries, Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies and Takis Fuego chips'

Malik, 10, from Illinois, had a 'PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) sandwich on honey wheat bread, fresh strawberries, Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies and Takis Fuego chips'

The photographic series, which aims to give adults a view of the world from a child's perspective' is a four-part project which will be updated weekly on the Toca website.

'The idea is to see the world from the kid's perspective all around the globe,' Ingrid Simone, Editorial Director of Toca Magazine told The Huffington Post. 'Seeing how families nourish their kids around the world feeds into our natural curiosity and connects us.' 

'I think their photos give a very real, down-to-earth glimpse of a part of their everyday lives,' Simone said.

'We hope more adults start to view the world from the kids' perspective. Lunch is a fun place to start.'

Sucheta, 7, from India tucked into a vegetarian lunch of curried pulses, rice, spiced potato wedges and a salad

Sucheta, 7, from India tucked into a vegetarian lunch of curried pulses, rice, spiced potato wedges and a salad

Kema, 10, from South Africa took this picture of his lunch, a whole wheat roll, boerewors sausage and ketchup and some fries on the side

Kema, 10, from South Africa took this picture of his lunch, a whole wheat roll, boerewors sausage and ketchup and some fries on the side

Describing his lunch, Andy, age 10, from Florida, USA wrote: 'Peanut butter sandwich (No jelly. I don't like jelly.), grapes, banana bread and chocolate milk. I eat peanut butter almost every day for breakfast or lunch. I usually don't get banana bread with lunch.'

Sucheta, age 7, India had a vegetarian repast and said: 'Pulses (beans), rice and potato wedges, with some green salad.'

Bobo, age 9, from Sweden described his meal and took the chance to include that he is not a fan of tubers.

He wrote: 'Meatballs and fried potatoes, with cucumber and ketchup. I don't really like potatoes but we had to have them since they were leftovers from the day before. I normally only eat with my parents and brother, not with my grandparents and cousin.'

Cadence, 12, from California, had a falafel in a pita topped with pickled onions and chili sauce with sweet potato fries

Cadence, 12, from California, had a falafel in a pita topped with pickled onions and chili sauce with sweet potato fries

Bobo, nine, from Sweden, had meatballs and fried potatoes, with cucumber and ketchup. He added that he disliked eating potatoes

Bobo, nine, from Sweden, had meatballs and fried potatoes, with cucumber and ketchup. He added that he disliked eating potatoes

Kanoka, age 11, from Japan has a rather creative meal.

Captioning her image, she wrote: 'Shaun the Sheep rice ball is made with rice, seaweed and cheese. 

'The bush is made with broccoli. Other parts are fried egg, sausage, Chinese fried pepper and steak and fruits (kiwi, watermelon and grapes). It's pretty much the same. My lunch is always made up of a wide variety of food stuff and very colorful. But Shaun the Sheep appears only once in a while'

Cadence, age 12, from California, US, has meals which vary daily. 

She wrote: 'My lunch was falafel in a pita topped with pickled onions and chili sause [sic] with sweet potato fries on the side. It was pretty unusual that day since we got it from a food truck. Usually my lunches have foods such as pasta, tacos or sometimes vegetarian sushi.'

Virginia, 7, from Brazil had pork and mashed potatoes, sprinkled with grated cheese and a dash of ketchup. On the side, a cherry tomato salad with lots of balsamic vinegar and some 'caldinho de feijão' (black bean soup)

Virginia, 7, from Brazil had pork and mashed potatoes, sprinkled with grated cheese and a dash of ketchup. On the side, a cherry tomato salad with lots of balsamic vinegar and some 'caldinho de feijão' (black bean soup)

Andy, 10, from Florida, had a peanut butter sandwich, grapes, banana bread and chocolate milk in a Spongebob Squarepants mug

Andy, 10, from Florida, had a peanut butter sandwich, grapes, banana bread and chocolate milk in a Spongebob Squarepants mug

Kema, age 10, from South Africa was careful to explain that his meal was like a hot dog but made with a different type of sausage.

'This meal is a popular South African dish which is called a boerie roll. 

'A boerie roll is like a hot dog except the sausage you use is called boerewors. A very south African sausage meat that we usually have on a cookout but you can eat it any time. My meal had a whole wheat roll, boerewors sausage and ketchup and some fries on the side,' he explained.

Malik, age 10, from Illinois, US, was short and sweet with his description: 'I had a PB&J sandwich on honey wheat bread, fresh strawberries, Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies and Takis Fuego chips.'

Siobhan, age 11, Australia explained at great length what was on her plate, commenting that her 'very healthy' aunt may have put together the lunch.

She wrote: 'I had rice with vegetables, a roasted potato and a roll of homemade bread. The rice and vegetables was left over from dinner that my grandmother and aunty had together, the previous evening. It was like a stir fry but without the frying. 

'My aunty is very healthy, she probably made it. The roasted potatoes were cooked in the oven and I don't know how my grandmother gets them so crunchy, not even mum can do that. My 'Lela' makes yummy bread and every time we go and visit, she has freshly made the bread so the apartment smells so so so delicious. For a weekend this is usually a standard meal.'

Takuto, 8 from Japan had somen noodle and soup, cucumber, tomato, fried egg and Chikuwa, a type of fish sausage

Takuto, 8 from Japan had somen noodle and soup, cucumber, tomato, fried egg and Chikuwa, a type of fish sausage

Siobhan, 11 from Australia, had leftover rice with vegetables, a roasted potato and a roll of homemade bread

Siobhan, 11 from Australia, had leftover rice with vegetables, a roasted potato and a roll of homemade bread

Tatuko, age 8 from Japan had noodles: 'Japanese somen noodle and soup to dip the noodle; cucumber, tomato, fried egg and Chikuwa (fish sausage). The cucumber and the tomato came from my backyard. The unusual thing was that a tomato was on my plate! Mom sometimes puts tomato on my plate.'

Talking about her lunch Virginia, 7, fro,m Brazil said: 'Pork, mashed potatoes, sprinkled with grated cheese and a dash of ketchup. On the side, a cherry tomato salad with lots of balsamic vinegar and some 'caldinho de feijão' (black bean soup). This is what I usually have for lunch when I am at home, and also the kind of meal I have for dinner every day. Yummy!'

 
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