Healthy Children - December 2012


Healthy Hints for Eating Out with Kids

Here are some tips from the American Dietetic Association to help your child make healthy food choices when eating out.


  • Order an English Muffin, toast or a bagel instead of a croissant, biscuit, muffin or other pastry.
  • Choose Canadian bacon or ham instead of sausages.
  • When ordering pancakes, make sure portion sizes are appropriate and skip the butter.


Lunch or Dinner:

  • Ask for low-fat dressing.
  • Avoid mayonnaise and cheese on burgers and sandwiches.
  • Use catsup, mustard or barbecue sauce instead.
  • Order low-fat milk, fruit juice, or water instead of a soft drink or milkshake.
  • Stick with baked potatoes, broiled or poached items.
  • Avoid fried items such as fish and chicken patty sandwiches.


Eating Out Reminders

  • Ask to substitute a baked potato for fries.
  • Watch portion sizes. If portions are too large, split one entrée between two children or ask for a take-out container.
  • Ask that bread and beverages be served with the meal and not before.
  • Avoid buttery items, and any fried foods.
  • Look beyond the children’s menu. Children’s menus are often limited to fried and other high calorie foods.
  • Ask for dressings on the side.
  • Skip the sour cream.
  • Look for broth based soups.
  • Look for low-fat frozen yogurt if you have to have dessert.