5 Healthiest Restaurant Kids’ Meals

by in Dining Out, April 3, 2012
kids menu
Think beyond grilled cheese when dining out with your kids.

Trying to feed your kids healthy options when dining out can be stressful. Most restaurants offer the usual chicken fingers, mac and cheese, hamburger with fries or grilled cheese, but the calories, fat and sodium on these items is through the roof. Here are the healthiest options we found at popular restaurants.

Chili’s
The grilled chicken is the way to go at Chili’s. You can order the Grilled Chicken Platter, which has 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 170 milligrams of sodium or the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with 230 calories, 5 grams of fat and 230 milligrams of sodium. Add a side of celery sticks with ranch dressing for an additional 80 calories, steamed broccoli for 30 calories or mandarin oranges or pineapple for 35 calories.

Macaroni Grill
Grilled Chicken and Pasta is the healthiest kid’s option at this Italian eatery. This dish has 350 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 5 grams of fiber. The sodium, however, is high with 840 milligrams so it should be a once-in-a-while treat.

Red Lobster
Some of the healthier options include Broiled Fish with 200 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 350 milligrams of sodium or the Garlic Grilled Fish with 60 calories, 1 gram of fat and 580 milligrams of sodium. Good accompaniments are the fresh broccoli with 45 calories, garden salad with 90 calories or fruit with 40 calories.

Friendly’s
The healthiest fare here is the Chicken with Broccoli with 260 calories, 5 grams of fat and 540 milligrams of sodium. Ice cream is the main attraction at this joint; be sure to limit dessert to 1 scoop with 1 topping or have the kids share a larger treat.

Panera Bread
Although the deli sandwiches may be tempting, they have over 1,000 milligrams of sodium each. Instead, opt for the PB&J sandwich with 410 calories, 18 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated) and 550 milligrams of sodium.

TELL US: How do you keep your kids healthy when dining out?

You Might Also Like:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

Similar Posts

Chinese Takeout: What Are The Healthiest Picks?

This popular takeout fare tends to be on everyone’s speed dial. But before placing your next order, review the menu and jot down the healthiest options. It’s always good to be prepared, especially when that deep fried egg roll is calling your name!

Comments (478)

  1. web design template…

    [...] Hey Dude ! I just saw your website and all I can say is that is very good.Many usefull informations on it. I also identify that you dont rank high in the search engines. [...]…

  2. funny says:

    funny…

    [...]one of our guests just lately proposed the following website[...]…

  3. assassin s creed movie trailer…

    [...]one of our visitors not long ago encouraged the following website[...]…

  4. fotos says:

    fotos…

    [...]that may be the finish of this report. Right here you?ll locate some web sites that we assume you?ll enjoy, just click the links over[...]…

  5. Great Blog Post….

    I saw this really interesting post today….

  6. job details and description…

    [...]just beneath, are many totally not related sites to ours, nevertheless, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  7. Android Dual Sim Mobile Phones…

    [...]Every when in a even though we select blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the latest web-sites that we select [...]…

  8. Public Health Initiatives…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine some unrelated data, nevertheless truly really worth taking a appear, whoa did a single discover about Mid East has got extra problerms too [...]…

  9. Story X | Share Stories, Secrets or Confessions…

    [...]Here is a superb Blog You might Come across Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  10. us targeted traffic…

    [...]below you will find the link to some internet sites that we consider you should visit[...]…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>