Take It From Me: National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell Event (Review)

June 4, 2013

National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell Event (Review)

 “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the National Restaurant Association. I attended a live event and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
As school slowly comes to an end, there will be lots of fun opportunities to dine out. My main concern about this fun endeavor is restaurants' food choices on their menus. In the last few months, I have made an effort to feed my kids healthy food choices, so I was very excited when I heard about the Kids LiveWell Program.  Restaurants across the nation are focusing on, and making a commitment to provide healthy menu options for children.

I was honored to have been able to attend the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell Event here in Chicago.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and McCormick For Chefs created a Kids Recipe Challenge to create a fun and creative way to showcase healthy menu options available when dining out. The Kids LiveWell choices emphasizes lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, as well as meet stringent nutritional criteria.

Check out the participating restaurants here: HealthyDiningFinder.com

I had so much fun, here are some of the highlights of my day! The Kids LiveWell Event started off with a fabulous cooking demo with chef Marc Murphy from chopped! He gave great tips and made cooking a whole chicken look SO easy! He had a great sense of humor and was a pleasure to watch.
Next, I had the pleasure of watching the Kids Recipe Challenge award presentation, which highlighted the award-winning recipes from restaurants across the country. It was neat seeing how these restaurants took this opportunity to put yummy, yet healthy meals for kids on their menus. Good Job!
Not only did I get to watch the award presentation, but I got to sample the winning meals. They were all delicious, I especially enjoyed the “Chix-N-Cheddar Snappy Jalapeño Wrap.” It was very flavorful and made me want more!
After we watched the demo and tested the yummy food, we had the honor of meeting Marc Murphy during a special reception for us bloggers! I am a huge fan of chopped and was loving every moment of this!
Lastly, I had the chance to meet Judson Todd Allen who was a finalist on the Food Network Star, another favorite of mine!
I am very excited that the restaurant industry is listening to us moms and have decided to commit to providing healthful menu options for kids. Plus this is a great example to everyone to eat healthier in their day to day lives!

Have a fun summer and get the Kids LiveWell Program App to help make dinning easier. It's available on iTunes!

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What is your family's favorite healthy place to eat?

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