Healthy Eating for Kids: Recipes and Nutrition Advice

Delicious foods kids will eat, nutritious meals moms will love

Best and Worst Kids' Menus

Between tricky restaurant choices, finicky eaters, and the desire to provide healthy, nourishing food, taking the kids out to eat can drive any parent crazy! We’ll give you the inside scoop on better choices and some easy steps on how to lighten up those kid-favorites. By: Toby Amidor, MS, RD and Karen Ansel, MS, RD

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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.


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