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January 29, 2013
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Healthy Kids Menus, Part 1
Committing to a healthier lifestyle is among the most popular resolutions that people make at the beginning of each year, and restaurants often roll out new menu items and programs to help diners stay on the right track. For 2013, healthy kids menus seem to be on everyone's mind, and restaurants are paying more attention to what they put on children's plates.

Adding more vegetables, lean protein and whole grains to kids menus lets parents have confidence that their children can eat healthy away from home. Chefs and food companies are rising to the challenge by creating delicious new offerings and bringing more attention to the healthy choices that were always present. As more healthy options show up on kids menus, educating children about food is more important than ever, and programs that offer knowledge about smart eating habits are popping up across the nation and working to get children excited about food.

In Part 1 of this special report, we'll take a look at some of the changes restaurants are making and the programs that are helping teach children about the importance of healthy eating. Look for Part 2 in your inbox on Thursday for more stories about how restaurants are making it easier for children to live a healthy life. Spread the word and share this e-mail with your friends and colleagues. They can sign up to receive Restaurant SmartBrief in their inbox every day, for free. Join the conversation about healthy eating on Twitter, too!

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Spotlight on Healthy Kids Menus 
  • Healthy kids meals make chefs' top trends list
    Sustainability and nutrition ranked high on the list of food trend predictions for 2013 in a National Restaurant Association survey of 1,800 members of the American Culinary Association. Healthier kids meals made the list as did the ongoing trend of sourcing more meat, produce and other ingredients locally. The Washington Times (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Focus on Food Education 
  • Program takes students from garden to kitchen
    Since 2010, a program in Charlotte, N.C., has selected elementary school classes to grow vegetables and learn how to use them to prepare meals. Most recently, 17 students from Huntingtowne Farms Elementary tasted their bounty in the form of veggie-laden pizzas they made themselves at Fuel Pizza Cafe, one of the program's partners. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School chef wants students to learn, even at lunch
    Marshall O’Brien, the chef for the Spring Lake Park School District in Minnesota, works daily to create nutritious menus he hopes will lead students to better lifelong eating habits. He also urges parents to take the time to cook with their children and reinforce the message. "There’s magic in the kitchen. When people cook together, amazing things can happen." (Coon Rapids, Minn.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turning healthy eating into a game
    Eager to find a way to turn her picky eaters into healthy dining fans, Jennifer Tyler Lee started 2012 with fun resolution -- each week, the family would try one new food. Family trips to the farmers market turned into a scavenger hunt and preparing new recipes with the ingredients they had found made the experiment fun as well as successful, she writes. Lee created Crunch a Color, a series of games designed to teach children about nutrition. The Huffington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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