As some of you know, my boys enjoy eating! So when I told them I was able to reserve them a seat at a private tasting event at a restaurant, they couldn’t wait! (did I say also free! yay for me!)
We were invited by Medical City Children’s Hospital (MCCH) to private tasting events hosted by participating restaurants. My kids’ role was to taste the food and rate their “Kids Fit Menu” before it
was released to the public. The feedback provided was used to determined which meals would make it to the final “Kids Fit Menu”.
Medical City Children’s Hospital has partner with Greater Dallas Restaurant Association to encourage their restaurants members to incorporate recipes from the MCCH’s “Kids teaching Kids” program. This program has been helping kids develop life-long healthy habits since May 2010. They have partner with high schools participating in Texas ProStart, a culinary program, for culinary students to learn about nutrition basics, read food labels and calculate nutrition facts to create healthier enjoyable recipes for kids.
The boys were able to try a combination their natural flavoring, Andre chose cherry only and Ethan added a spike of limon drops. Their reactions:
Restaurants such as Matt’s, Hoffbrau Steaks, Humperdinks and The Original Package House have worked with MCCH registered dietitians to offer a healthier menu just for kids incorporating some these recipes into their “Kids Fit Menu”
Although the focus is not primarily on ‘clean’ eating to include organic and non-processed foods, these participating restaurants are taking a step towards helping kids and parents, for that matter, become aware of their eating habits and choose the healthier alternatives on the menu.
The Kids Fit Menu consisted of:
- 2 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Calories 550
- Sugar 35% of calories
- Sodium 850mg or less
- Fat 35% of calories
- Sat Fat 10%
I remembered to take pictures of some of the meals, I wish I had taken pics of all of them! The boys were able to get seconds on all occasions, and I even got to try most of them too. The quesadilla was a hit with Ethan with the fresh guacamole, red bell peppers slices and fresh beans (like grandma makes them!). In the grilled chicken with steamed vegetable meal, I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to ask for BBQ sauce on the side, it already came on the side!
Dessert included real fruit! yay! I was surprised to see Jicama as an option, it was served with blueberries and drizzle with honey. My boys would’ve like it better without the honey though.
If you live around Dallas metroplex area you are in luck! become a member of MCCH’s City Kitty Club to receive announcements to participate in private tasting events. Who knows, your kids might be part of the 20 lucky kids to participate and walk away with a satisfied tummy and a plush lion mascot!
Go to Kids teaching Kids for more information about this program and participating restaurants.
Some participating restaurants:
Please let us know of any “Kids teaching Kids” events going in your city/community and I will add them to this list