Manje Ameriken

If you are new to the USA, you may want to learn about American food. You have probably noticed that there are many choices! Find out about American food and food at your children’s school. Learn how to introduce Americans to foods from your home country. See ways to handle cultural differences about food.

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Réglage pou manje Ameriken

You may be surprised to see how many choices there are for food in the USA. There are many brands of food in all kinds of packages. Fwi ak legim kapab achte menm lè yo pa nan sezon. Ou ap santi restoran yo ap sèvi manje nan anpil diferan reyinifikasyon. Fast food is popular in the United States. It is easy to get a cheap meal quickly, and even to buy it without getting out of your car.

Unhealthy American food

Anpil manje Ameriken, espesyalman pwepare manje, in the United States contain sugar or preservatives (ingrédients mete yo nan manje pou fè li dire ankò). Anpil fwi ak legim projetée ak pestisid, ki se pwodwi chimik yo te itilize sou farms kenbe vèmin ale. Kò ou pa yo va sèvi pou sa yo kalite manje yo pou nou ka santi yo malad nan premye oubyen Me kòmanse vin pi gwo. Consuming unhealthful foods is a problem for many Americans, who get overweight and experience health issues. Byen ke ou te ka eksitan pou eseye nouvo manje, ou ka chwazi pou fè sa piti piti, pou yo pou kò ou ajiste.

Restaurant food

If you are trying to eat healthfully and cheaply, you will want to avoid eating at restaurants often. Manje a te sèvi nan restoran yo gen tandans pou mwens an sante ak gen anpil calories ankò, kèl inite yo ki mezire ki kantite enèji ki gen yon manje. Krèm, pa ekzanp, gen anpil calories. Fwi ak legim gen mwens calories.

Ameriken pwen de vi imigran manje

Ameriken ki ka pa te eseye manje ou manje nan peyi natif natal ou. Nan gwo vil yo, there are many ethnic restaurants and so people have more experience of foreign foods. Nan bouk andeyò yo, ak mwens varyete kiltirèl, moun ki pa kapab fè eksperyans.

Introduce new dishes

Pifò Ameriken ki louvri pou yo ap eseye nouvo kalite manje pral kirye pou eseye nouvo asyèt. Anpil Ameriken patisipe nan "potlucks,"sa se asanble sa sosyal kote tout moun pote yon plat pou pataje. Potlucks se nan asanble sa gwo oubyen nan dîners aksidantèl. Sa yo va yon bon opòtinite pou prezante lòt moun pou nou manje, tou de nan lekòl ak nan sitiyasyon sosyal. Ou ka tou envite moun sou pou manje midi epi ap sèvi asyèt kilti ou. Gen kèk moun pa ka louvri pou yo ap eseye nouvo manje, Sepandan, li enpòtan pou respekte sa.

Manje nan lekòl pitit ou a

Elèv ki nan lekòl Ameriken yo pa janm jwenn nan manje maten esepte nan kèk preschools pou timoun piti. Children eat before they go to school, although in some schools children can buy a small breakfast at the school cafeteria.

Lunch and snacks

Nan toupwe kote moun manje, timoun kapab swa achte manje pou yo manje oubyen mennen manje nan kay. Packing lunches for your children is the best way to make sure that your children have healthy food, depi ke anpil lekòl yo sèvi alsen manje ak bwè sikre. Children in the USA also bring “snacks” to school. Se sa yo rele ti nonplis manje pou yo manje nan fren ant klas. Ekzanp yo genyen ladan yo fwi, reta, granola manje enèjik, oubyen piratage.

Help with food costs

Si fanmi ou pa gen anpil lajan, pafwa lekòl la ap ofri gratis (oswa bon mache) manje, ki gen manje maten, pou pitit ou. Chak lekòl diferan, Se konsa, li ta pi bon pou pale ak pwofesè pitit ou a oubyen Sekretè lekòl ou gen nenpòt kesyon.

Other children

Se yon posibilite ke moun ka fè plezi nan pitit ou pou manje manje etranj. Timoun pi jenn yo ki pafwa pè pou lòt bagay, panse ke allant lòt moun se chemen pou fè fas yo. Ou ta dwe pale ak pitit ou de sa, Se konsa yo menm yo pa è sezi oubyen menm si sa rive. Pitit ou ka chwazi pou kapab eksplike sa a manje moun k'ap fè soti, as some ethnic dishes contain similar ingredients to those eaten in the USA. Si moun yo pa enterese, your child may choose to walk away from the situation. They may want to choose a different group of companions.

If children continue to make fun of your child’s choices of food, pitit ou ta dwe pale ak pwofesè a sou sitiyasyon an. Another strategy would be to talk to the teacher about organizing an activity in which food can become a teaching opportunity about culture. You could make a larger amount of the food for the class, and it would be discussed and shared

Polite ways to decline American food

If you are invited to someone’s home for a meal and cannot eat a certain food because of your religion or culture, you should feel comfortable explaining that to your host and hostess. Li se apwopriye pou w fè sa anvan ou ale nan evènman an. Pifò Ameriken yo yon trè respectueux de lòt moun régimes ak ka menm poze w kesyon pou aprann plis sou vie ou. Si nou èske manje kont, pa vle gen plis manje, it is not impolite to say, “No thank you, I am full,” even if the host offers it many times.

Taboo or hard-to-find foods

Some foods that you are used to eating in your home country are either not available or are taboo. Taboo means inappropriate or forbidden within a culture. Some types of meat, such as horse meat and some organs of animals, are not sold or eaten. Many Americans think eating baby or fetal animals is wrong. Insects also are not part of the traditional diet, but you can occasionally find them at some ethnic markets.

Nan Amerik lan, dairy products are pasteurized (heated) to kill bacteria, and fresh milk and cheese that do not go through this process cannot be sold. Some fruits, such as mangosteen and askee, are not sold in the United States because they are considered unsafe.

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