Sometimes, general dining out strategies can only help so much. When you eat at a privately-owned or ethnic restaurant, there's often no pamphlet or website with nutritional information and amenities offered. How do you know what to order, especially when you're bringing children along? |
That's why we researched and collected tips for the most popular restaurant cuisines.
This article is part of our BabyFit Family-Friendly Dining Guide. We tried to emphasize kid-friendly foods and health at the same time. As we believe in all things in moderation, you'll find a few indulgences and treats on each of our menus. We also provide pros and cons about this type of cuisine, plus some activities to entertain children at restaurants.
Diners are great family restaurants. Breakfast at any time of day, generous portions, and plenty of action going on all around--kids will love the experience as much as the food. Here's a guide to navigating the menu at a breakfast diner when you take the family out for a meal.
Diners usually keep the menus on the table. Turn the menus into an activity book for grade-school kids. Ask them to look for foods they don't recognize, then talk about them. Or ask them to try to add up how much the meal will cost. Find the cheapest and most expensive items, and ask older kids to look for misspelled words! Quite common on menus!
Note: Pregnant women should avoid eating deli and processed meats, soft cheeses, and some types of seafood due to the risk of illness to herself and her unborn child. Eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry or seafood also poses health risks. Find more information on which foods to avoid here.
Kid-Pleasing Foods at Breakfast Diners
BabyFit's Family-Friendly Dining Guide
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