Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian
Next time you bring your children to a restaurant, pass on the chicken fingers and French fries. While some restaurants are doing a better job offering healthier selections to young diners, most restaurant kids menus are still stuck in the chicken finger, grilled cheese, pizza and French fries mode…a far cry from a well-balanced, healthful meal for a growing child!
If your kids are used to ordering the above mentioned menu items, encourage them to try new options. They may grumble in the beginning, but after consistent reintroduction to healthier selections, most kids develop taste for healthier foods. Depending on the age of your children, you may wish to simply order for them, rather than asking them which food they would prefer – since often, many kids would pick the fried or high fat options over something more healthful, if given the choice.
If the restaurant where you dine does not offer a well-balanced kids menu, speak to the manager to promote change. If that doesn’t work, see if there is something you could share with your child or order off the appetizer menu, instead. And, well, if that doesn’t work, then that restaurant should probably be off your “regular” choices.
Here are some ideas for healthy, kid-friendly restaurant options to try: