Menu Makeover: Healthy Food For Kids

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  • Menu Makeover: HEALTHY FOOD FOR KIDS

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    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans now get nearly

    1/3 of their calories32%from meals prepared outside the home, up from about 18% in 1977.

    Because todays busy families often eat out several times a week, providing healthy meals that appeal to both parents and kids can be a differentiator and strong selling point for your restaurant.

  • Why Healthy Choices MatterChildhood obesity is a serious concern: Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. 3

    With statistics like these, its no surprise that parents are placing more importance on the food choices available for their children. In addition, providing healthy menu options for kids can have an impact on their lives for decades to come. Several studies have shown that what you eat as a kid becomes a blueprint for food choices as an adult.

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    Benefits of Healthy OptionsAs healthy eating becomes more of a priority, families often choose their dining location based on healthy menu options.

    Adding healthier choices for children will help your restaurant:

    Offering healthy options for kids attracts parents who are

    concerned about nutrition.

    Customers are willing to pay a bit more for items that offer

    more nutritional value.

    Nutritious and tasty kids menu items appeal to both parents and kids, which keeps them

    coming back for more!

    72% of consumers say that they would be more likely

    to visit a restaurant that offers healthful



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    Small Changes = Big Impact Just a few small changes to your restaurants kids menu is all it takes to create options that parents and kids will love.

    Add colorful fruits and vegetables (leafy greens, peas, carrots, strawberries, apples, oranges)

    Offer colorful fruit based desserts

    Use lean proteins instead of red meat (chicken, turkey, seafood)

    Reduce the amount of fried menu itemsInclude whole grains

    (quinoa, brown rice, whole grain pastas and breads)

    Focus on portion control and healthier drink options (skim milk and fruit infused water)

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    Menu Makeover in Action

    The Silver Diner, a restaurant chain focused

    on making healthy choices, was put to the

    test during a recent experiment done by Tufts University. Researchers

    kept track of kids ordering patterns as well as the restaurants sales, and

    analyzed more than 350,000 kids meals ordered.

    The Silver Diner was asked to remove

    french fries as the standard side, and implement healthier options such as fruit,

    mixed vegetables and salads. In addition,

    sugary fountain drinks were removed from

    the menu.

    Not only did they find that the overall

    revenue of the Silver Diner continued to grow, but kids

    began choosing the healthier menu option

    on their own.

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    Join the MovementThe National Restaurant Association created the Kids LiveWell Program to help restaurants add healthy choices to their kids menu. The four-year-old program has teamed with more than 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide.

    The program follows specific criteria that is recommended by the Healthy Dinings team of registered dieticians, including:

    No deep fried foods are permitted

    600 calories or less

    Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy are the items offered

    Side items are 200 calories or less

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