Yesterday, Matthew, Skye, and I decided to eat out. We went to a restaurant I in Los Angeles. It was 11 p.m. By the time we settled into our booth, but we chose this restaurant because it looked kid friendly. They had high chairs and boosted seats. They even have crayons and a little booklet just for kids.
Skye loved this. She colored and kept busy until the food came. After the coloring no longer held her attention, she rearranged the condiments. Lol!
So it came time to choose our meals. I looked for the kids menu, which was on the booklet Skye colored.
I was appalled by the selections they had on the kids menu. These were snack and junk foods with no nutritional value. Why would we feed this to our daughter at such a critical age in her development. She’s one year old and growing so fast. Her brain and body are growing at the fastest rate they will ever grow in her life. She needs real food for dinner.
The restaurant had soup, salads, and salmon available for adults but none of this for kids. There wasn’t even a vegetable available on the kids menu. And kids need the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients more than us. At 1 year old, we’re setting the foundation for her health for the rest of her life. I don’t take this lightly.
Let me list for you the awful options they had on the kid’s me menu:
- Mac and cheese
- Hot dog
- Chicken fingers
- Grilled cheese sandwich
None of these foods. I repeat none of these foods offer any nutritional benefit to kids. They will make the child full and the body work hard in trying to release the toxins these foods create in the body.
So what did we do?
We ordered off the adult menu for our 16 month old. We order mixed veggies and a veggie burger. We gave her little pieces of the veggie patty. It wasn’t ideal, but it was far more nutritious than what they recommended for children.
I’m not going to name the restaurant we were at. I’ve seen similar kid’s menus at most of the restaurants we go to except for the vegetarian restaurants that focus on healthy eating.
I believe feeding kids junk food is a cultural problem. We think its fun to feed children candy, sugar, and cheese. The truth is most restaurants we go to have had the same options. Except for the vegan and health conscious restaurants of course.
While we’ve been traveling, people have offered Skye candy, microwaved snacks, and cheesy goldfish.
It’s hard to say no. We slipped up once and let her have some microwaved popcorn. Ugh! I said no to this person over and over again. So I caved and let Skye indulge in popcorn with their three year old. I regretted it and decided to stay strong toward our beliefs in the future. I think it’s worth it for Skye’s health.
We have to make better decisions regarding what our children eat. These decisions will not always be popular, but that’s what parenting is. Making challenging decisions that will support our children’s highest good even if those decisions aren’t popular.
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