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Kid’s Restaurant Menu—The Call for Healthy Kids’ Food

By Fredrica Syren:

Last weekend we went to an all vegan and raw restaurant here in Stockholm. To my kids’ delight, they had a huge menu to Child refusing foodchoose from: smoothies, breads with dips, cut up veggies with hummus, fruit slices and much, much more. They settled on beet smoothies, cut up veggies with zucchini hummus, apples slices and homemade bread. They were in heaven and ate every bite.

Sadly, this is not the norm when we go out, which we do more when we travel. In most restaurants, the kids’ menus offer mostly fried, cheesy or all carb foods. Once in a while, they have a sad little fruit cup with watery fruits. The common theme we see is that there are very few vegetables offered and, if they are offered, they’re hard and tasteless steamed veggies.

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Copy right 2014 Green-mom.com

I wonder who on earth came up with the idea that children do not like good, healthy foods? Who said that kids won’t eat the fruits or veggies, so let’s not put too much effort into them anyway? I think it’s just ridiculous not to offer healthy options for children – something more fun than pizza, pasta, fried chicken or pancakes. I know my kids are not unique in that they appreciate well cooked and well prepared foods with lots of colors that look good on the plate. One thing I know from feeding kids is that they love little bowls with dips and small dishes that they can mix and match themselves. And they absolutely love colors on their plates.

So, from now on, every time we’re faced with a sad kids’ menu, I will make a point of being vocal about it. If more parents join me, maybe we’ll start to see a change.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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