Will a healthier kids’ menu draw your family’s business?

At least 19 large restaurant chains — including Burger King, Chili’s, IHOP and Friendly’s — plan to announce Wednesday that they will include healthier options on their children’s menus, Associated Press is reporting.

At least 15,000 restaurant locations will focus on increasing servings of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, AP writes. The items will have less fats, sugars and sodium.

Will this affect where you and your family eat?

Who makes the decision — you or your kids?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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4 comments Add your comment

Aaron

July 13th, 2011
12:57 pm

We have three young children (5 and 2 years old) and prefer fast, healthy food when traveling outside Atlanta. Getting milk instead of soda, apple slices instead of fries, and chicken NOT fried is huge. They will get our business.

santoka

July 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Count down begins on when these offerings quietly leave the menu. Kids drive much of the decision and if you dictate fruit and milk for their meal, why not just go by the Publix and get the same stuff, fresher and cheaper.

heath

July 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

my kid has always refused to eat off the kids menu and i’m proud of her. she gets mad at the choices and then orders an adult meal. i don’t mind paying for it, because i know she’s making a healthier decision. she prefers grilled salmon, sushi and steak to hotdogs, burgers and chicken nuggets. She’s just gonna be an expensive date :-)

Kelly

July 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

Parents have turned into such wimps. Michele Obama, who just ate a 1700 calorie lunch a few days ago, tells the wimpy parents not to feed their kids fattening food even though she woofs it down. The wimpy parents all bend over. My kids love juicy cheese burgers and crispy fries and a good milkshake. And ya know what …..they don’t have them everyday because I am the parent. It’s not the government’s job to tell us what to eat. The other 6 days a week they are eating good / healthy food which includes chicken, fish, broccoli, salad, tomatoes, peas, beans, etc. Grow up wimpy parents!!

Like Sanoka said …. the items kids won’t eat will quietly be replaced by the kids will eat within a year…. plan on it!