How to Make Fast Food Healthier for Kids

Last updated on August 30th, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Research shows that kids consume an average of 55 percent more calories when they eat out than when they eat at home. While you should limit fast food to an occasional treat, it’s not a nutritional disaster if you make healthy choices:

Child-size it.

Keep your kids’ portions under control by ordering the child-sized meals that were meant for them — and try one yourself. Just this one move will cut half the calories and fat from your meal. Or share one order of fries with two or three people. This way, you still get to enjoy a little fast food without a lot of calories. Still hungry? Order a side salad with low-cal dressing.

Balance it out.

Cut calories and increase nutrition by making some smart substitutions. Chowing down on a cheeseburger? Forget the fries and order a baked potato or salad instead. Can’t give up the fries? Order a grilled chicken salad instead of a burger.

Skip the extras.

Save major calories by saying no to toppings like cheese, bacon, mayo and special sauces on burgers; pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese on pizza; and bacon bits, tortilla chips, Chinese noodles and regular dressings on salads.

Water it down.

A large cola weighs in at 310 calories, all of which come from sugar. Regular and diet sodas also contain phosphorus, which can prevent kids’ bones from absorbing calcium. The best bet for the whole family: water.



About the Author

Manuel Villacorta, a registered dietitian with a master’s in science, is a pediatric and adult nutritionist in San Francisco, California. He is a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the founder of http://www.eatingfree.com/.

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4 Responses to “How to Make Fast Food Healthier for Kids”

  1. Thank you for these usefull advices and tips to make fast food healthier, yet it is important to encourage children eat veggies and fruits and to enjoy it.

    • Stefanie ZuckerStefanie Zucker says:

      You are absolutely correct! But when fast food is the only option – it helps to know how to make healthier choices 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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