This is a list of the most common food items on a kid’s menu…and you might be surprised by their stats. Even if you don’t have kids you may still want to avoid these foods (from the weight loss article “The 40 Most Fattening Kids’ Menu Meals”).
BOB EVANS CHOCOLATE CHIP PLENTY-O-PANCAKES
Each stack of these sweet flapjacks adds a startling 850 calories to your little one’s daily intake, potentially increasing their risk of obesity in the long run.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: Our first lesson here: Kids CANNOT eat whatever they want. From the ages 0–7, they are experiencing the greatest period of physical development (you can legitimately argue to the age of 21 in fact). Why compromise their growth with unhealthy and inflammatory foods? Because they’ll start fussing and throwing the vegetables back at you. Alright…fair enough. Nevertheless, you’ll want to control their routine as much as possible. While the high caloric Bob Evans Chocolate Chip Plenty-O-Pancakes may not lead to your child’s weight gain (lucky kid), how do you think it’s affecting his or her overall health and growth production? Are you truly providing the nutrient-dense food he or she needs for long-term health?
Chick-Fil-A may have added a few healthier options to its menu, but its kids’ meals aren’t exactly a recipe for the all-day energy kids need to stay active. With fried chicken nuggets, greasy waffle fries, and apple juice tallying 600 calories, 26 grams of fat, and 945 milligrams of sodium, you’d be far better off making lunch for your little ones at home.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: “But it’s chicken…” should no one say ever. While our society is protein obsessed, the obesity rate continues to rise among children. Is there a correlation here? No matter if you want to blame our friend Mr. Chicken or the sugary apple juice, something is missing here: Vegetables. I know…I’m too predictable. Don’t settle for easy, and make half of your child’s plate veggies (even if you must serve the high caloric, fatty fried chicken nuggets).
SCHLOTZKY’S CHEESE SANDWICH KIDZ MEAL
How bad could a cheese sandwich really be? If you’re eating it at Schlotzky’s, the answer is “really bad.” A single grilled cheese and French fry meal from this chain have an astonishing 798 calories, and that’s before you even add a drink or dessert.
YARDHOUSE PEPPERONI PIZZA
If you ask a dozen kids what their favorite food is, I’d be willing to be that at least half would tell you it’s pizza, specifically the pepperoni-topped variety. However, if you’re hoping to keep your kids healthy in the long run, steer clear of the pizza on Yardhouse’s kids’ menu, which contains 840 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of trans fat.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: I have a confession: I love pizza. It’s still one of my favorite meals. Unfortunately, I avoid it at all costs. It’s a fatty, simple carb dream preparing you for insulin shots and heart medicine. Try your best to teach your child portion control and substitute half your pizza meal with (you guessed it) veggies.
IHOP JR. CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
With 500 calories, 26 grams of fat, and half a gram of trans fat, you’d be much better off making your kids some whole grain waffles (sans fried chicken) at home.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: If you make this dish at home, bake the chicken in almond flour and substitute the dairy with almond milk. You’ll save an immense amount of fat and calories.
Sugar, salt, and saturated fat team up for an unhealthy trinity in Chick-Fil-A’s Chick-n-Strips meal. Topped off with waffle fries and chocolate milk, this meal packs 700 calories, 71 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 970 milligrams of sodium.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: Please reread the chicken nuggets section above and reflect.
CLAIM JUMPER PASTA WITH BUTTER
For many picky eaters, buttered noodles are among the few palatable foods out there, leading many kids’ menus to offer this simple dish as an alternative to hamburgers and chicken fingers. Unfortunately, at Claim Jumper, ordering the Pasta With Butter means you’re likely getting more calories than you would in the aforementioned meals. Each serving of this unhealthy dish has 972 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 872 milligrams of sodium.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: This famous dish brings back memories of my mother’s masterful cooking: Buttered Noodles! Who doesn’t love butter and noodles (together or separate)???? Of course, you need to add more salt for taste! Thank you, Claim Jumper, for perfecting this dish! With 972 calories, 32 grams of fat, and over 800 milligrams of sodium, it might just be one of the worst filler foods for kids.
OLIVE GARDEN MAC AND CHEESE
Olive Garden’s Mac and Cheese may clock fewer calories than its counterparts in other restaurants, but when it comes to sodium, it’s keeping the competition tight. In each portion of Olive Garden Mac you’ll get 350 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of trans fat, and 1040 milligrams of sodium.
Personal Trainer Wisdom: Most Mac and Cheese options are higher in calories. Despite Olive Garden’s efforts to minimize the calories and fat, it still has no more value than the buttered noodles above. Let’s face it…if your children are dependent on most of the meals on this list, they most likely are lacking serious nutrition.
What other fattening meals do parents feed their kids?
Michael Pohuski-Are chicken strips really that unhealthy?
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article “ The 40 Most Fattening Kids’ Menu Meals “ on Zerobelly.com.
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