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It really bugs me that “kids meals” in cafes, and especially restaurants are always to unhealthy. The usual options are “fish & chips”, “nuggets & chips”, “spaghetti bolognese” and “pizza”. Not one of these options has fresh veggies and not one has any fresh fruit. Most usually are offered with a sugar and preservative filled fruit juice.

Whats so hard about offering a dip and nibble option with a selection of fresh cut veggies and dip, a piece of fruit and some nice bread? A small portion of kid friendly veggie soup would be fine too. Do others feel the same about kids meals?

Posted anonymously, 20th November 2015

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  • I agree that they are not very healthy, but then again we don’t eat out much so an occasional unhealthy meal doesn’t worry me.

  • yes kids meals aren’t very healthy and often little variations available. But you can play around.
    I often ask for a side of steamed veggies, a fried up or scrambled egg with for example some wedges. Eventhough it’s not on the menu, many restaurant are willing and able to make that. I always look at the side orders & starters.

  • It is improving, but I agree that I’d like to see a greater range.

  • Yes, super frustrating. I usually will ask for a salad bowl with no dressing and a plain grilled chicken breast. Usually most places will accommodate and I refuse to go back to the places that wont!
    Sometimes I have ask for an adults meal without too much seasoning and salt and then ask for two plates and I divide it for my two kids myself! But only handy when you have even number of children!

  • I feel exactly the same. I usually give them some of my meal. But sometimes I just let them have the unhealthy option as it’s not what they usually get at home. It doesn’t hurt to have a treat when going out for a meal

  • The menu is very limited for children! Shame!

  • I’ve never ordered a kids meal for my son. I aim for places with all day breakfast and get him scrambled eggs or something.

  • OMG/// how frustrating is this

  • Definitely! I often order a large healthy main meal, take a kids bowl with me and put some from my plate in it.
    Nutrition station has sweet potato fries which is probably the healthiest chip option I’ve ever seen for kids.

  • OMG yes!!! If I wanted my kids to have frozen processed nuggets for dinner I’d buy them for $3 a box and cook them myself (no I wouldn’t…lol) but paying $10 for the crap means we don’t eat out a lot. I’d like a small dish, same as the adults. Kind of like what they get when they are at home.

  • The full sized meal option can work if you have more than one child – pretty expensive option if you have an only child. It makes so much sense to offer freshly made food to kids – they are people after all and deserve decent food. No wonder so many kids like fast food when they grow up – they are trained by the commercial food industry from toddlerhood!!

  • Yes, it is frustrating. I particular get peeved at chicken nuggets as an option. As said before, our kids tend to eat of our plates or I have them eat most of their meal at home before we leave so at least they’ve eaten something I’m happy with first!

  • Yes so frustrating! I just order a proper adult meal and share it between my two kids :)

  • I think it is because of if it is healthy , kids won’t want to order it . They should have a healthy options list , but never seem to find one .

  • yeah it does suck! i would love to see a fresh ham and salad plate or something like that. i agree with ordering an adult meal to share with the kids or amongst the kids.

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