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What Healthier Choices Should My Kids Order at Restaurants?


When eating out at restaurants with your kids, order Kids LiveWell menu choices or keep these tips in mind to find the best choices.
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Q: One of our goals as a family this year is to start making healthier food choices.  What are some healthier choices my kids can order at restaurants?

A: Making healthier food choices as a family is a great goal, especially when you’re including those healthier choices for kids at restaurants!  More and more restaurants are using their culinary creativity to reinvent menus and add healthier choices for kids.  This is great news for you and your family, because it’s easier than ever to find menu choices that can help you reach your goals as a family. 

When eating out at restaurants with your kids, order Kids LiveWell menu choices or keep these tips in mind to find the best choices:
  • Look for lean proteins.  Protein-rich foods like seafood, poultry, lean beef and eggs are all good options for providing the protein that growing bodies need without the added fat they don’t.
  • Opt for lower fat dairy in milk and yogurt choices.  These choices deliver bone-building calcium recommended by health and nutrition experts and like lean protein, do it without the added fat.
  • Always include fruits and veggies in the meal.  MyPlate recommends making half your plate fruits and veggies and for good reason.  Fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber that are a cornerstone of healthier food choices for you and your kids.  Parents of picky eaters take heart, as  research shows that the more kids are offered and taste fruits and veggies, the more likely they are to develop a taste and appreciation for them. 
  • Order healthier versions of kid favorites.  One small tweak, such as whole wheat pizza crust or baked chicken nuggets instead of fried, can be a stealthy way to make many choices healthier for kids who may not be 100% on board with some of the better food choices.
For dietitian-recommended menu choices hand-picked for ingredients and nutrition, search for Kids LiveWell menu choices like those below near you.  These healthier choices for kids at restaurants, along with Healthy Dining choices for adults, are an easy way to eat out with health and nutrition in mind. 
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