The other night, I was pleasantly surprised when Devin went so far as to eat brussel sprouts with his dinner. I couldn’t believe it!
Dining out poses its own hurdles when it comes to healthy options. However, some restaurants make it a priority, and now the National Restaurant Association (NRA) has a campaign to get more restaurants on the healthy food for kids train.
The NRA is teaming up with Healthy Dining on the Kids LiveWell program. This initiative is highlighting the restaurant industry’s commitment to offer healthy options for children.
Kids LiveWell is a first-of-its-kind voluntary industry program, reaching over 41,000 restaurant locations committed to providing families with a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices when dining out.
The National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining verify that Kids LiveWell items meet specific nutritional criteria established by leading health organizations’ scientific
A Kids LiveWell meal provides the following:
• 600 calories or less
• ≤ 35% of calories from total fat
• ≤ 10% of calories from saturated fat
• < 0.5 grams trans fat (artificial trans fat only)
• ≤ 35% of calories from total sugar
• ≤ 770 mg of sodium
• Each meal must contain two sources of either fruit,
Restaurants are now being challenged to create healthy menu items through a partnership with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and McCormick For Chefs.
It’s called the Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge and the goal is to showcase healthy menu options available when dining out.
Restaurants and food service providers submitted their healthy creations from their kids menu for consideration for this exciting, new award.
2014 Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winners:
Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School: The Do Re For Me Sandwich is organic multi grain oat bread spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam and cut into piano key sized/shaped pieces,served with a skewer of grapes and water. The pumpernickel bread is cut into smaller pieces and placed on top of the wheat bread to represent black piano keys.
O’Charley’s: The Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza has grilled sirloin meatballs and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and whole wheat pizza dough served with apple juice.
Sysco Hampton Roads: The Kids Quesa WOW Dilla is a chicken quesadilla with broccoli, chicken,peppers and corn, served with a side of grapes and water.
UW Health: The Swimming Taco is served with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie.
These restaurants really did a great job coming up with creative healthy meals kids would love. They put a twist on these meals using healthy ingredients in a fun way for kids, which is a great way to distract kids and get them to eat things that are both nutritious and delicious.These restaurants provided great examples to let us know we can have both we don’t have to choose. I am learning that when it comes to healthy eating, if I season things just right and present them in a fun way, my kid will try just about anything.
For more information on Kids LiveWell, follow Kids LiveWell on Twitter and Facebook. Also, check out HealthyDiningFinder.com and download the free smartphone app for a list of all Kids LiveWell restaurants and menu items.
Follow me on May 17th,2014 I will be tweeting with #KidsLiveWell sharing information from the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago
Please share with me any healthy kids recipes you love and other tips/tricks to get your children to eat healthier foods.
Disclosure: I am being compensated to share this information, however all opinions and words expressed are my own.