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It’s been a long week of juggling work and family life. You’re looking forward to a much-needed break from cooking, but you don’t like the thought of fries, hot dogs and pizza on the kids’ menu at your favourite restaurant. When dining out, the last thing you want is a battle with your children over what foods they eat. You try hard to make sure your kids have healthy choices at home, and you wish there were some better options on the kids’ menu. Sound familiar?
Try these tips to fuel your kids with healthy foods the next time you eat out.
What you can do: Take a pass on the kids’ menu.
Some restaurants do offer healthier fare that your kids will like, but if your local eatery doesn’t:
What you can do: Set some ground rules before going to the restaurant so kids know what to expect.
It’s okay to indulge from time to time, but if your kids eat out once a week or more, it’s a good idea to keep them fuelled with high-quality, healthy foods.
What you can do: Add colour and crunch to your kids’ plates.
If you need to hunt for veggies and fruit in your kids’ meals, then try these tips:
What you can do: Satisfy your kids’ thirst with water or milk.
Many drinks on restaurant menus, such as iced tea or fruit-flavoured beverages, are similar to pop – in other words, sugar and water without the fizz.
What you can do: Pass on the fries – when you can.
Kids don’t need to eat fries with every restaurant meal. While they may taste great, fries can add a lot of extra fat, salt and calories.
Eating out can be a nice treat, but most restaurant foods tend to be high in calories, fat and salt, and lower in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and milk. If you’re trying to eat healthier, you’re better off eating out less often. But here’s the good news: if consumers ask for healthier menu choices, restaurants will offer them.
Contact an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian for more tips on making smart choices when eating out. Call 1-877-510-510-2 or send an email.
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