A Plea To Ditch The Kids Menu

July 21, 2017

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It's commonplace to ask for a kid's menu when eating out, but is that menu leading your child to a life of unhealthy and bland eating choices?  Perhaps it’s even bad for business for the restaurant industry?  While the simplistic choices of chicken fingers, pizza and mac and cheese might be good for the now, the future maybe a generation of people who turn up their noises to anything with different spices, herbs or texture. But it does beyond taste. A recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that 97% of kid's meals at America's top chain restaurants failed to meet nutrition criteria for four to 8 year-olds. While many restaurants are getting the message by offering kid's meals beyond burgers, chicken nuggets and soda that are nutritionally healthier, you may need to count on yourself to make a meal work for your kids. Suggestions include ordering an adult entree for them.  Many restaurants offer half orders which should be more than enough.  If not, share your food with your child (just make sure to ask for causes and spaces on the side just in case). Experts also suggest for a side of veggies to be brought out immediately so the lingering breadsticks are not the only item to eat.  Lastly, lead by example and opt for healthier choices too.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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