Tuesday, August 18, 2015

There is such a thing as a healthy kid's menu

When I was about 12 years old our family did the summer vacation car trip visiting the National Parks of the western states. We still joke about the time we went into a steakhouse for dinner and the server gave us the children's menu which included "moo juice" instead of milk. 

There is a way to have a children's menu without being condescending to both children and adults. Today many parents are much more aware of healthy eating choices for their families. There are also many foodie parents who successfully transfer their fine dining tastebuds to their children.

The hospitality industry is recognizing that too. Hyatt hotels even went so far as to hire famed farm-to-fork chef Alice Waters to revamp their kid's menu. You can still find pasta and chicken bites on it, just healthier versions of each. 

Here are some tips to create a healthy kid's menu that kids will like.

Keep the favorites — There's no reason to ditch the burger, pasta, and chicken nuggets, it's just a matter of making healthier versions of them. 

Improve the ingredients — Burgers can be made with quality beef, not pre-formed patties. Switch from chicken nuggets to chicken bites made with chicken breast. Pasta and pizza dough can be the whole wheat variety. 

Be aware of allergies — Whatever the reason, food allergies seem to be on the rise. Think of alternatives for ingredients. Instead of dredging the chicken in flour, use cornmeal or another gluten free grain. Keep any sort of nuts out of kid's dishes just to be on the safe side. 

Alternative diets - There are many children being raised in vegan or vegetarian households. Instead of a cheesy pasta, make a simple, healthy marinara sauce. 

There's no need to stress on kid's menus. By just making a couple of simple tweaks, you can keep kids and parents happy. 

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