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Fast Food – Choosing Wisely

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Fast Food – Choosing Wisely

Food courts provide so many different options that entice little ones – how do you make the best choice for your healthy growing toddler? Below are some suggestions to help you choose a healthier option.

1. Burger, sub or wrap

  • ask for a small serve
  • ask for wholegrain bread
  • use avocado instead of salty sauces
  • include some salad
  • avoid creamy sauces and mayonnaise
  • avoid the meal deals, extra fries and soft drink
  • avoid adding sauces and extra cheese

2. Kid’s chicken meal, roast drumstick, chips and water

  • order a side salad
  • share a serve of chips – as they don’t need a large serve
  • avoid adding salty sauces

3. Asian sushi roll

  • choose avocado, plain tuna or cucumber rolls
  • avoid using soy sauce as it is high in salt

4. Pizza

  • choose a thin crispy base
  • share a small serve
  • ask for less cheese
  • order a small salad to go
  • avoid thick crust or fried pizza bases

Tips for eating out with your toddler:

  1. Be careful not to over order – fast food serving sizes are designed for adult appetites, not little tummies!
  2. Don’t get ‘up-sold’ for a meal deal as the kilojoule content can be the equivalent of 2 standard sandwiches
  3. Little ones need water – don’t buy cordials, juices or soft drinks
  4. Be careful when adding sauces – young taste buds are very sensitive and sauces may encourage a salty taste whilst pushing the sodium level up well over a toddler’s healthy limit
  5. Try to include (even if it means you buy one for yourself) a salad or some veggies to go with their healthy ‘fast food’
  6. Choose wholemeal or wholegrain whenever possible, to increase their fibre intake

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