OUT WITH KIDS’ MENUS!

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So let me be bold and say it: YES I am TOTALLY AGAINST KIDS MENUS as they are currently presented in the majority of restaurants. The usual triad of chicken nuggets and fries, cheese and tomato pizza and tortellini is sad. Sad, because at a restaurant we have a wonderful opportunity for children to taste new foods, to sample familiar foods presented differently, and to enjoy eating food in a social environment which may be more conducive to exploration and discovery. I applaud parents who ignore the typical Kids Menu and get half portions or sharing portions from the regular ‘adult’ menu for their kids. I applaud restaurants who offer this option and have no Kids Menu! I appreciate that parents often resort by default to the Kids Menu in the name of meal tranquillity, getting some food into their kids’ bellies and avoidance of food waste, but what a limited option we are offering our children! And we are setting them up for life to have a limited palate (not to mention the likelihood of a less-balanced diet).

Interestingly, this week the Washington Post ran a front page article on just this topic (click link below). It seems to have created a buzz on a national level in the US. Can we extend this buzz internationally? Parents, food and nutrition educators and chefs worldwide….unite and take action now!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/advocates-want-restaurants-to-stop-catering-to-young-diners-with-kids-menus/2014/10/30/ef0297d2-561c-11e4-892e-602188e70e9c_story.html

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One Response to “OUT WITH KIDS’ MENUS!”

  1. HomeEcConnect Says:

    Reblogged this on HomeEcConnect News and commented:
    I am also totally against kids menus, and they seem to be the same all over the world! Chicken nuggets, chips, pizza, or spaghetti! – what is with that?? My son always chooses from the adult menu, unfortunately, my husband would prefer to choose from the kids menu… Extending a child’s palate beyond the “norm” is essential education and is the collaborative responsibility of parents, restaurants and home economics professionals. We have to question who chose those “norms” for our kids and why do we keep going back to this mundane, unhealthy, boring menu selection? Time for real change. Next time you eat out – make sure you say something to the owners of the restaurant. After all, they provide your family with what THEY think YOU want… tell them otherwise!

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