It really bugs me that “kids meals” in cafes, and especially restaurants are always to unhealthy. The usual options are “fish & chips”, “nuggets & chips”, “spaghetti bolognese” and “pizza”. Not one of these options has fresh veggies and not one has any fresh fruit. Most usually are offered with a sugar and preservative filled fruit juice.

Whats so hard about offering a dip and nibble option with a selection of fresh cut veggies and dip, a piece of fruit and some nice bread? A small portion of kid friendly veggie soup would be fine too. Do others feel the same about kids meals?


Posted anonymously, 20th November 2015


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  • I feel exactly the same. I usually give them some of my meal. But sometimes I just let them have the unhealthy option as it’s not what they usually get at home. It doesn’t hurt to have a treat when going out for a meal



  • The menu is very limited for children! Shame!



  • I’ve never ordered a kids meal for my son. I aim for places with all day breakfast and get him scrambled eggs or something.



  • OMG/// how frustrating is this



  • Definitely! I often order a large healthy main meal, take a kids bowl with me and put some from my plate in it.
    Nutrition station has sweet potato fries which is probably the healthiest chip option I’ve ever seen for kids.



  • OMG yes!!! If I wanted my kids to have frozen processed nuggets for dinner I’d buy them for $3 a box and cook them myself (no I wouldn’t…lol) but paying $10 for the crap means we don’t eat out a lot. I’d like a small dish, same as the adults. Kind of like what they get when they are at home.



  • The full sized meal option can work if you have more than one child – pretty expensive option if you have an only child. It makes so much sense to offer freshly made food to kids – they are people after all and deserve decent food. No wonder so many kids like fast food when they grow up – they are trained by the commercial food industry from toddlerhood!!



  • Yes, it is frustrating. I particular get peeved at chicken nuggets as an option. As said before, our kids tend to eat of our plates or I have them eat most of their meal at home before we leave so at least they’ve eaten something I’m happy with first!



  • Yes so frustrating! I just order a proper adult meal and share it between my two kids :)



  • I think it is because of if it is healthy , kids won’t want to order it . They should have a healthy options list , but never seem to find one .



  • yeah it does suck! i would love to see a fresh ham and salad plate or something like that. i agree with ordering an adult meal to share with the kids or amongst the kids.



  • when we go out my kids usually do choose the bad food options but i am happy to let them as it is a special treat. Imagine my surprise when i had a day out with my oldest to the local botanical gardens for a special kids event, when i took him to the cafe after I told him he could have anything he wants. He choose the fruit salad. The people behind the counter were so impressed that a 7 year old choose that option over all the junk food they gave him a bowel twice the size it was on display. It just goes to show kids do want to eat healthy food if its there as a option.



  • we don’t go out too often so when we do I don’t mind the kids getting nuggets and chips (which is what they usually order). I wouldn’t pay a restaurant to cut up veggies that I would usually do at home – I would just take them myself.



  • Ordering an entree or main for kids is all good and well, but it would be nice to see decent and healthy options for children on offer at a decent price.



  • Even order an adult meal and share it amongst the kids.


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