Who could hate the kids menu?
Smaller portions, kid-friendly food, cheaper prices. What's not to love?
According to Amelia Sawyer, a lot.
She was inspired by a Facebook post by her friend, Iron Chef Michael Symon, who said children should eat the same food served to adults when dining out, because it would make them more open and adventurous eaters, and it was healthier than standard kids menu fare.
Sawyer said many kids menu items are "the most UNHEALTHY thing you could ever order for your child." She then posted nutrition information about some kids menu items at popular chain restaurants.
Some of the information she posted was pretty stunning. A child's "chicken fingers" meal with fries at one chain restaurant? One thousand thirty calories and 2,052 milligrams of sodium, Sawyer said. Whoa.
Sawyer also urged parents to stop using convenience foods at home and throw out the microwave.
Let's talk kids menus and feeding children. Do you worry about the healthiness of the food restaurants are offering your children? Share the challenges of eating out with children, what has worked for you, what you wish would be taken off the kids menu, what should be added.
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