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Eating Out with Kids

by Carolyn O'Neil, MS RD LD

Eating Out with Kids

Use smart-eating strategies: plan ahead, consider the menu and choose foods carefully to keep you on your plan.

  • Choose a restaurant that caters to children and has a healthy children's menu that includes smaller portion sizes and meals designed to provide ample nourishment for smaller bodies.
  • For kids' meals, opt for milk as a beverage and fruit for dessert.
  • Order kids plain foods with sauce on the side.
  • Substitute healthier "sides" in place of fries, like carrots or apple slices.
  • Choose two or three suitable menu items, then let your child pick one.
  • Let kids order their familiar favorites when they eat out. For new foods, offer a bite or two from your order.
  • Calcium is important at all ages, but especially for growing bones. To get more calcium, drink low-fat or fat-free white or chocolate milk or add a slice of cheese to their sandwich. Choose dairy-based treats like yogurt, a milkshake or frozen dairy dessert.

Download a handout with 30 helpful tips on keeping to a healthful diet when eating away from home.

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Carolyn A O'Neil MS RD LD

Carolyn O'Neil, MS RD LD


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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.


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