5 Healthy Tips for Eating Out with Kids

Many families eat healthy at home. Eating out? That’s a whole other story. The trouble with eating out is that food-to-go is often greasy, has low nutritional value, and can contain hidden ingredients. Quik n’ Crispy has a few tips to help! Make eating out healthy with these suggestions for National Nutrition Month.

5 Healthy Tips for Eating Out with Kids

  1. Set expectations. Eating out can be a major feat or a big treat, depending on where you go, what you eat, and whether or not your kids are picky eaters. Make sure your kids know which dinnertime rules still apply when eating at a restaurant or snack bar.
  2. three boys eating pizzaLook at the menu at home. What’s an easy way to make sure your child finds the right meal? Check out the options beforehand. Chicken tenders, fish sticks, and corn dogs are great options for kids. Want to make sure they get their greens? Try breaded veggies for a tasty twist on a nutritious meal.
  3. Balanced meals. French fries may be delicious, but don’t default to the potato option if your kids have a carb or starch heavy entree. Pair healthy entrees with a treat on the side and stick to fruit cups to balance a richer main dish.
  4. Choose wisely. Some eateries serve every meal dripping in grease. Others have healthier versions of kid-friendly foods like chicken tenders. Restaurants with a Quik n’ Crispy ventless fryer can serve your kid’s favorite meals with 20% to 40% less fat and calories per serving.
  5. Consider portions. Unless they’re going through a growth spurt, there’s a good chance your kids will leave plenty on their plate. Make sure they eat the main course before digging into their side of mac and cheese.

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