Kids Eat Well Recipe Challenge

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The longer I am a parent, the more I am concerned with the foods I give my children. There are so many studies showing the importance of filling our bodies with good wholesome foods. So I am always making efforts to improve our eating habits. Dinner time can be a battle ground. We all know that our children should eat healthy. We tell them to eat their vegetables, and they do, most of the time, right? Unless you have a carnivore like my Little E. It takes him FOREVER to eat his veggies! Thats when I get creative!

Well what about when we eat out? These days, our lives get so busy people eat out quite often. Most restaurants idea of a kids meal is fired chicken and french fries. Not exactly healthy, right? I know I have concerns with the effects of all the sodium fat and sugars in some of these meals. There are healthy kids meals out there, we just have to look. Print

The National Restaurant Association has teamed up with www.healthydiningfinder.com to create the Kids LiveWell program. Restaurants that participate in the voluntary program commit to offering healthful meal items for children. Win win, right? Well, that is not all. It is all about inspiring change right?
Well, that s a priority, and the Kids Live Well Recipe Challenge is all about inspiring that change. The challenge is for food providers to create meal options that fit in with the Kids Eat Well specific nutrition criteria. The criteria is recommended by leading health organizations’ scientific guidelines and verified by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dieticians.

 This year, the Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winners are:

Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School­

The Do­Re­For­Me Sandwich is organic multi grain oat bread spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam and cut into piano ­key sized/shaped pieces, served with a skewer of grapes and water. The pumpernickel bread is cut into smaller pieces and placed on top of the wheat bread to represent black piano keys.

O’Charley’s

­ The Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza has grilled sirloin meatballs and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and whole ­wheat pizza dough served with apple juice.

Sysco Hampton Roads

­The Kids Quesa WOW Dilla is a chicken quesadilla with broccoli, chicken, peppers and corn, served with a side of grapes and water.

UW Health

­The Swimming Taco is served with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie. 

Who says healthy eating is no fun? Imagination is the key to any child’s heart.
Too see what restaurants offer these healthy choices, check out the Healthy Dining Finder .
 Tomorrow, May 17, 2014,  National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago, IL. I will be tweeting with #KidsLiveWell, so be sure to follow me on Twitter, and watch for the #KidsLiveWell hash tag!

Comments

  1. Great program. Can’t wait to see more info at this weekend’s show.
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  2. Those dishes sound so tasty. I want to eat them all. Tasty and fun for kids? Yep, sounds like something I’d eat. And yes, I am 29 (forever). Okay fine I’m 30. And almost 31. GOSH.
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  3. We ordered off the Kids Eat Well menu today when we went out to lunch wish all the restaurants would adopt it.
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