Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ty has never liked to eat meat.
We didn’t intend for that to happen. We tried to feed him that so-called meat in a jar when he was a baby, but he’d just turn away. Even then, he knew that stuff was nasty.
It probably tastes like some of that stuff they make on “Chopped.”
Now that he’s 5, Ty still likes healthier kinds of foods.
He prefers fruit to fries, yogurt to hot dogs and hummus to hamburgers. Yeah, I don’t get that one, either, but I think it’s because he was born in Athens (Georgia, not Greece).
He’ll eat chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s, but that’s about it as far as meat goes.
Like most kids, he still wants – and sometimes gets – cookies or popsicles or ice cream and Capri Sun, but often he’s content with grapes, apples, bananas and milk or water.
Feeding him while we’re out to eat has never been a huge problem because we often just take a lunchbox packed with his favorite foods.
So it might suit Ty that more than 15,000 restaurants are on board with the National Restaurant Association’s new “Kids LiveWell” program. The list includes Outback, Chili’s, Burger King – surprising since it sells something called the Triple Stacker covered in Stacker sauce – Cracker Barrel and IHOP.
Those places will now feature healthier alternatives on kids menus, including fruit and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
The meals will have 600 calories or less and consist of two or more food groups.
Now the tough part: Getting your kids to eat it.
What do you think about this plan?
Will you feel better about taking your kids out to eat?
Do you take food from home for your kids to eat when you go out?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog