New Jersey Institute of Balance - October 2017

Do Kids’ Menus Kids can be picky eater . This is a fact r cog ized by parents and restaurants alike. This picky nature popularized the classic children’s menu featured at many restaurants around the country. These menus are virtually the same: chicken tenders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and so on. Kids’menus are loaded with fried foods and cheap carbs. Some parents love the kids’menu. It makes deciding on food easier. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Kids’menus are populated with foods practically every kid loves. But they have a dark side. Aside from poor nutrition, the kids’menu changes the family dynamic. In an interview with, television chef and host Alton Brown (who you may know from“Good Eats,”“Iron Chef America,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”) said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let your kid eat from the children’s menu at restaurants and never, ever, ever make your kid special food to allow them to avoid whatever the family is eating.” Why? During his “Alton Brown Live!” tour, he explained that it comes down to control. By giving kids the option of the children’s menu, you relinquish culinary control to your kids. The next time you go out as a family or you make a delicious meal at home, they are more likely to demand “their” food. This is a habit a child can quickly adopt — and a habit that’s tough to break. Kids are picky eaters because, as parents and adults, we let them be picky eaters. We perpetuate bad habits. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a article, Dr. Cara Natterson suggests kids eat what the rest of the family eats. For instance, “Before coming for therapy, I had trouble twisting and bending because of the pain I would get in the middle-right side of my back. They quickly identified and treated my pain correctly. I felt relief in a short time after my first visit. All personnel are very kind and knowledgeable. My experience at NJIB has been great!” - Juan C. Patient Success Story

Do More Harm Than Good?

let them indulge in the appetizer menu, then build up to the entrée menu and let them share and sample your food. Encourage culinary exploration. When you encourage your kids to avoid the children’s menu, you give them an opportunity to expand their flavor horizons. More importantly, it helps themmake healthier choices that aren’t loaded with fat and empty carbs. Make going out to dinner a learning experience, and before you know it, the phrase “kids’menu”will have disappeared from your family’s vocabulary.

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