What’s the best part of a school day? Recess of course! That’s the precious half hour where you get to run around the padang, catch tadpoles from the drain, and stuff your face with fried chicken nuggets (or whatever your pocket money could afford) from the school canteen.

Lunch breaks are glorious, and they’re glorious throughout the world. Let’s take a look at what typical lunches kids are eating in countries across the globe, starting with our beloved:

1. Malaysia

Source: thedailytop.com
Source: thedailytop.com

2. United States of America

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

3. Argentina

Source: imgur.com
Source: imgur.com

4. Belgium

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

5. Brazil

Source: thedailytop.com
Source: thedailytop.com

6. Burkina Faso

Source: amivitale.photoshelter.com
Source: amivitale.photoshelter.com

7. China

Source: eatingasia.typepad.com
Source: eatingasia.typepad.com

8. Cuba

Source: imgur.com
Source: imgur.com

9. Czech Republic

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

10. Djibouti

Source: liberalamerica.com
Source: liberalamerica.com

11. Finland

Source: wikimedia.org
Source: wikimedia.org

12. France

Source: unpackingschoollunch.wordpress.com Credit: Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Source: unpackingschoollunch.wordpress.com Credit: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

13. Germany

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

However, it’s important to remember that nutrition plays a key role in your overall health. Good wholesome food fuels your body and helps to fight off diseases.

14. Ghana

Source: izismile.com
Source: izismile.com

15. Israel

Source: izismile.com
Source: izismile.com

16. Japan

Source: thejapanguy.com
Source: thejapanguy.com

17. Haiti

Credit: Keith Mumma
Credit: Keith Mumma

18. Russia

Source: theglobeandmail.com
Source: theglobeandmail.com

19. Kenya

Source: flickr.com/photos/chefcooke
Source: flickr.com/photos/chefcooke

20. England

Source: npr.org
Source: npr.org

21. India

Source: seriouseats.com
Source: seriouseats.com

22. Norway

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

23. Philippines

Source: todayilearned.co.uk
Source: todayilearned.co.uk

24. Thailand

Source: whatsforschoollunch.blogspot.com
Source: whatsforschoollunch.blogspot.com

25. Singapore

Source: thedailytop.com
Source: thedailytop.com

26. Spain

Source: izismile.com
Source: izismile.com

27. South Korea

Source: wikipedia.org
Source: wikipedia.org

28. Sweden

Source: reddit.com
Source: reddit.com

29. Taiwan

Source: flipermag.com
Source: flipermag.com

30. Ukraine

Source: izismile.com
Source: izismile.com

31. United Arab Emirates

Source: flipermag.com
Source: flipermag.com

Of course, these photos are just to give you an idea of what kids are eating in other countries. You probably shouldn’t judge an entire country’s school lunches based on one photo, but it illustrates quite nicely how a country deals with nutrition.

Nutrition plays a huge role in your overall health, and for those who have kids, it’s best to start inculcating healthy habits from a young age. As you should know by now, Malaysian schools don’t always offer the most nutritious lunches. Instead of sending your tiny tots towards greasy mee goreng and deep fried fish balls, why not pack them a yummy and healthy lunch from home?

Get some ideas here: 10 Make Ahead Healthy Lunch

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Which country’s lunch was your favourite and why? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!

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