Eating Out Healthy Options With Kids

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Children can be so picky. We fight with them to eat the dinner we cook, so when we get to eat out, who wants to deal with picky children on our night out?

The Kids Live Well program is changing the way restaurants cook for our kids. Last week I was able to be a part of sharing the National Restaurant Association’s annual show. Celebrity chef Robert Irvine was even there to speak on the importance of children’s nutrition and to help recognize the winners of the Kids Eat Well Recipe Challenge.


I am a huge fan, and am thrilled to see that the Kids Eat Well program has such notable supporters! We are raising a generation. It is so important to teach our children, our future, that eating healthy can be delicious and fun. It’s not all about brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and no fun.

UW Health was one of the winners of the 2014  National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge and they are sharing their winning recipe! This recipe by UW Health chef John Williams won the  in the independent noncommercial foodservice category.

Swimming Fish Taco


  • 1 piece of Tilapia (6 to 8 oz)
  • 3 ounces of shredded cabbage
  • 1 mango (Peeled and diced)
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 3 tsp chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the fish for 4 minutes undisturbed, then turn over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and place fish on cutting board and cut into three equal pieces. Set aside.
  3. Place three corn and whole-wheat tortillas on a plate and sandwich them between two slightly dampened sheets of paper towel. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  4. Place the warm tortillas on a plate and place a piece of each fish on the tortilla.
  5. Top with 1oz of shredded cabbage on each piece of fish, top with mango, cilantro and squeeze of fresh lime.

Try serving with one of the suggested side dishes such as grapes or cut up watermelon. I can’t wait to try this with my kids!

There are more than 145 brands representing 42,000 restaurant locations that are a part of the Kids Live Well Program across the United States. Check out The Healthy Dining Finder to find a location near you!


  1. YUM! My kids love fish and this sounds like a yummy recipe — paired with another favorite: mango. Thanks for sharing and talking about this great program.

  2. This sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I’ve been looking for some good Tilapia recipes! Thanks for sharing–I will definitely use this!
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  4. Thanks for the recipe. My kids love fruit but they aren’t fans of fish.
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  5. This looks like something that would be a hit at home!
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