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Where’s the nutrition in kids’ meals at restaurants?

One way to keep kids healthy is to cook meals at home from scratch. That way you know the ingredients, you know the cooking preparations and on a good day you can get the kids involved. But every good chef wants a day off. Unfortunately a recent indicates that kids’ meals at most larger chains are not close to the same quality nutrition as we see at home.

The New York Times reports…

A new study of the nutritional quality of meals for children on the menus of the nation’s largest chain restaurants has found that 91 percent do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program.

An even larger percentage — 97 percent of restaurant children’s meals — failed to meet stricter standards developed by a panel of nutrition and health experts for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit research and advocacy group that commissioned the study.

Subway did get a nice nod…

The center singled out Subway as the only restaurant that did not offer sugared drinks with its children’s meals, instead suggesting water or low-fat milk. All eight of the sandwich chain’s Fresh Fit for Kids meal combinations met the nutritional criteria.

The article also mentions a tool that we’ve promoted before too – Healthy Dining Finder. It’s easy to use and will help you connect to restaurants in your area that have healthy items on their menus. That’s part of the key too. The entire menu may not be healthy but Healthy Dining Finder will highlight the choices that are best for your family.

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