Founded in DC by 3 Georgetown students, Sweetgreen is a casual restaurant specializing in salads that has expanded to 10 cities. Sweetgreen is also working with area school districts to improve nutrition in schools. Part of its research was looking at school lunches in other places, and Business Insider has shared a beautiful slideshow of other countries’ foods.
Does this give you some ideas for your own meals, or meals for your kids? For more ideas on bringing salads to work — and going far beyond the “iceberg lettuce and a few tomatoes” model — see Making It Easier to Get Your Vegetables. Greatist also offers a nice list of options based on the Japanese bento box. Schools have the advantage of kitchen facilities lacking in most offices, but this kind of planning and portioning can help you prepare for dinners on hectic weeknights, too.
Update February 27: Blogger Bettina Elias Siegel has dug into the sourcing for Sweetgreen photos and found it different from reality. Here is her article about school lunches outside the US.