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Taking your kids out for meals at fast food restaurants can sometimes be a double-edged
sword. On one hand, you want to make your children happy and allow them to eat whatever
they fancy but on the other, you're concerned with the food choices offered on the
I am not exaggerating here, most of the kids meals at fast food restaurants are high
in fat, sodium/MSG and calories – your kids may be ingesting close to 1000 calories
in one sitting.
Do you know Chili's country-fried chicken crispers, cinnamon apples and chocolate
milk has an eye-popping 1020 calories in total, and that's almost 70 percent of the
recommended daily amount of calories for the average kid aged 4 to 8 years?
To ensure your children stay healthy and happy, you need to do your homework beforehand,
and at the fast food restaurant, be firm without screaming.
Not knowing what to pick on the kids menu can be disastrous as it puts your kid at
risk for childhood obesity and many chronic diseases later on in life.
In response to pressure from consumer and health advocates, many fast food restaurants
today have lighter and healthy choices on kids menu. Some healthy fast food kids
meals that meet CSPI's nutritional criteria are:
Subway's ham mini sub with juice box and apple slices or raisins; roast beef mini
sub and juice box with any side, including apple slices or raisins or yogurt; turkey
mini sub and juice box with apples slices or raisins or yogurt
Chili's grilled chicken sandwich with apple juice and corn kernels (or mandarin oranges
Denny's pancakes without meat, with maple syrup; macaroni and cheese, and grapes
Arby's popcorn chicken or junior roast beef sandwich with fruit cup and fruit juice
Sonic's grilled cheese, fries, and slushie – 830 calories
If a healthy fast food kids meal is not available on the menu, you can always improvise.
Ask if you can substitute standard milk with skim or low-fat and choose pure fruit
juice or water in place of sugar-laden soda.
Request for baked potato in place of french fries; go for thin cheese crust without
extra toppings; see if you can have the chicken grilled instead of fried or encourage
your kid to pick yogurt over ice cream sundae and reject the offer to upsize your
With some knowledge and a little planning ahead, it is possible for your children
to have a pleasurable family time at fast food restaurants the guiltless way.
Is your toddler stuck in a food jag and won't eat meat? Find out how you can get
your super picky eater to try new foods and receive the essential nutrients to support
overall mental and physical development.
If your child won't drink milk no matter what you do, use these ideas to encourage
milk consumption and ensure adequate calcium intake. Learn what are good non-milk
calcium food sources to offer, if your kids simply hate milk.