Thumbs Up: Mac & Cheese
Friendly’s offers 2 kinds of entrées for children: Level 1, with smaller portions, and Level 2, with larger portions. In most cases the petite size Level 1 entrees are the smartest picks for kids of any age. The best of the bunch: Friendly’s Mac & Cheese. It’s surprisingly moderate in fat and calories with 340 calories and 11 grams of fat. Plus, your child will get plenty of protein and calcium. Friendly’s Mac comes complete with a side so your child has an opportunity to work in some produce too. Top picks include mixed vegetables, apple slices, or broccoli.
Thumbs Down: Chicken Quesadilla
Nearly all the Level 2 entrées dish up more fat and calories than most adults should eat, let alone a child. But the booby prize goes to the Chicken Quesadilla with a shameful 1,070 calories, 72 fat grams, and 2,340 milligrams of sodium.