Most parents work hard to provide healthy meals at home for their children but, it is a lot harder when dining out. Many children’s meals at popular restaurants are unhealthy and, you often have to go out of your way to make the healthy choice.
To help parents, restaurants can make sure kids’ meals are healthier. One easy way to get this started is to offer water, non-flavored milk or 100% fruit juice as the default drink with kids’ meals. Right now, the usual beverages are sugary drinks. Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in the diets of 2-18 year-olds and offer zero nutritional value.
Evidence shows adults should consume no more than 36 ounces of these drinks, or 450 calories, each week – yet the average 8-year old boy consumes about 64 ounces each week. Drinking sodas and other sugary drinks, like energy and sports drinks, is associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Our keiki are sweet enough and we need to make it easier for families to dine out and make healthier choices. Parents can still opt for a sugary drink like soda, but let’s make the default choice the healthy choice!