Just when I was feeling good about children’s menus, this depressing round-up crossed my desk. In it, the Daily Beast names the 25 worst meals from kids’ menus at chain restaurants, analyzed for calorie count, saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium. I’m not into counting calories for kids. And I think standard dietary guidelines like the USDA food pyramid are out of whack (for instance, saturated fat, despite a bad rap, is actually good for you). Plus I’m all about the ingredients, so to even call this “food” makes me cranky.
But when one restaurant meal provides 800 to 2,270 (yes, 2,270) calories for kids who should be eating 1,200 to 2,200 calories a day, well, that’s just not right.
I know you’re with me. (Check out the comments on my three previous posts about children’s menus: the rant, the survey and the chef.) So how about this? If you come across a children’s menu that rocks — or one you’d like to sock — send it my way. I’ll periodically feature them in a kids’ menu Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame (or some other, more cleverly named sections TBD).
If the menu is online, just post the link in the comments below. If not, and you’d be so kind, you can scan it (or photograph it) and e-mail me: christina [at] spoonfedblog [dot] net. Or snail mail it: Spoonfed, P.O. Box 10878, Rochester, N.Y. 14610.
In the meantime, check out the Daily Beast picture gallery and let me know what you think. (I can probably guess what you think. But tell me anyway.)