Child’s Play

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rethinking the kids’ menu? These simple ideas can help encourage healthy changes while appealing to young diners.

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Rethinking the kids’ menu? These simple ideas can help encourage healthy changes while appealing to young diners.

  • Artistic presentations can make it more fun for kids to go beyond breaded chicken and fries. Try arranging items into a friendly face. Using ingredients typically found on your line can ease any extra efforts in the back of the house.
  • Offer a palette of colorful fruits and vegetables that kids can use to decorate their own plates, since taking part in “making” food may encourage them to eat it.13
  • Serve cucumber and zucchini slices for an edible game of tic-tac-toe while kids wait for the rest of theirmeal.
  • Give children’s dishes fun names on the menu, like “Celery Swords” or “Broccoli Bouquets,” to encourage them to eat their vegetables.

DID YOU KNOW?

Some Japanese parents create elaborate “Bento box” lunches for their kids using everyday ingredients. Try making your own by cutting fruits and vegetables into stars, flowers, or animal shapes.