Super Healthy Kids one of my favorite sites. I always check here for new and creative meal ideas for my son. This week they are giving us tips on dining out with your children. I usually try to follow the second tip which is to go in with a plan and research the online menu prior to going to the restaurant.
7 Tips for Dining Out:
Sometimes on vacation, even with the best intentions of not eating out your whole trip (like I had), you arrive to visit your wonderful family and all of a sudden, you all end up at a restaurant. It happened to us twice last week :). So, when you find yourselves in a similar situation with your kids, here are some tips to keep your meals on the healthy side, while enjoying the time out.
- Drink water!Your kids really don’t need a glass of soda. They end up drinking more than they eat the food. Soda is either filled with high fructose corn syrup, or Aspartame. Kids don’t need either of those!
- Go in with a plan– Most restaurants have an online menu. Decide before you go what choices you will give your kids. It may not always be the “Kids Meal”, could be an appetizer that is a better option. One resource I found is,Healthy Dining Finder,
- Substitute– I learned this lesson too late in life. Most restaurants that serve sandwiches or burgers will have whole wheat buns, even if it’s not listed on the menu! Ask for a whole wheat bun. That small difference will add a little extra nutrition to your child’s meal.
- Let your kidsshare a meal. Certainly each child does not need their own kids meal. Generally, kids don’t finish their meal in a restaurant anyway, so why waste money on their uneaten food?
- Look for anyfruits and veggieson the menu. It’s easy to eat meat and bread at a restaurant, but then everyone ends up feeling stuffed and crabby. Do they have small side salads? Side of veggies? Apple bites? Applesauce? Cup of peaches?
- Leave the fattycondiments off. Ketchup without the mayo doesn’t taste THAT different, does it?
- Do they havesoup? The sooner your kids can fall in love with this food, the more options will open up to you in choosing healthier fare.