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WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents seeking healthier restaurant meals for their kids are about to get options – lots of them.

At least 19 large restaurant chains plan to announce today that healthier items will be on their children’s menus. At least 15,000 restaurant locations will increase servings of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Burgers and fries will still be available, but the restaurants plan to promote their healthier offerings.

To participate, the restaurants must include at least one kids’ menu item of no more than 600 calories and offer a side dish of less than 200 calories.

Among the companies signing up for the initiative are Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Friendly’s and Outback Steakhouse.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • SurfCityTom

    forcing parents to stand firm and require Junior or Sally to eat healthy rather than giving in when they whine for less healthy choices.

  • Guest757

    So very, very true…

  • Guest461

    ..it has a lot to do with the amounts of sugars, preservatives, salt, saturated fats, trans-fats, etc. Even loaf bread has High Fructose Corn Syrup in the list of ingredients.

    We all eat stuff everyday that isn’t good for us. Hormones, antibiotics, feed types, etc. that comes through in our meats, milk, chicken and pork. All of that soley intended to get the grower more poundage, faster and at a lower mortality rate all in the interest of money in their pockets and nothing but health problems for the consumer. These establishments will have zero control over any of those attributes. Now, we can address those same attributes with fruits, grain and vegetables…same problems.

    Eating a piece of salmon over a double cheeseburger is a good start, but barely anything more than that. Washing that salmon down with a 20oz soda negates it all.

  • smullen1980

    If parents are so concerned about what kinds of foods children are eating, how about you try and make a healthy meal at home instead of going out to fast food restaurants because it’s easier.
    I applaud these fast food/restaurant chains for adding healthier choices for children, but parents have got to stop blaming these chains for unhealthy options when they themselves take their children to them.


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