Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Healthier Menu Options for Children!

As a young child, my parents never let me order from the "kids" menu and I very seldom could choose chicken nuggets and french fries as my main course. I usually had to split items with my parents or siblings, and it always had to have a vegetable! I can remember one instance, where my younger sister wanted to order the adult size hamburger and french fries. My dad stated, "if you can eat it all, you can have it". It was hard to watch my 50 lb sister try to eat a whole hamburger from the adult menu! She could not finish and I am glad! Today we often find that the kids portion sizes are the same sizes as the adult portions, and they exceed well over 1000 calories a meal! An active 6 year old child needs 1200 calories at sedentary activity level, 1400 calories for moderate activity, and 1600 calories for an active child!

Healthier Children's Menu Requirements: 

The healthier menu options will have a heart next to the item, contain less than 600 calories, contain a side that is less than 200 calories, offer increased amounts of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, and contain less fats, sodium, and sugar! Great day for kids health! 

Chain restaurants committed: 

Au Bon Pain
Bonefish Grill
Burger King
Carraba's Itatlian Grill
Corner Bakery Cafe
Crackr Barrel
El Pollo Loco
Joe's Crab Shack
Outback Steakhouse
Silver Diner

T-Bones Great American Eatery

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