Start the school year right with simple meals at home and healthy choices when eating out

The beginning of the school year is a great time to get a fresh start with the whole family.

As school activities increase, creating home-cooked meals becomes more challenging. Kids Eat Right from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a great resource for simple meals at home. With topics like "Fake a Homemade Dinner" and "Healthy Soul Food Your Way," you may be tempted to eat at home rather than heading for a fast-food restaurant.

When you are eating out, use the tips from Kids Eat Right to make those meals count. LiveWell EatWell restaurants have some great options on their kids menus. Bigg's Barbeque offers a healthy kids menu with turkey or grilled chicken on a whole wheat bun and a choice of three different steamed vegetables, salad or fresh grapes as a side. Applebee's is participating in Kids LiveWell from the National Restaurant Association and offers a grilled chicken sandwich with broccoli. At Jason's Deli you can feel good about giving your kids a choice between carrots and apples as side dishes. Chips aren't an option.

Tagged: healthy restaurant choices, LiveWell EatWell

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