Better think twice when dining out, moms. The authors of Eat This, Not That! reported some pretty unappetizing findings when they released their list of the 20 worst kids’ foods in America. At the top of the authors’ list? The Cheesecake Factory’s kids’ pasta with Alfredo sauce.
At 1,810 calories, the Cheesecake Factory’s pasta dish has way too many calories even for an adult, who is generally supposed to consume between 2,000 and 2,500 per day—not per meal. And according to authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, 1,810 calories is about 40 Chicken McNuggets. Yikes. A relatively active 8-year-old is supposed to consume only 1,600 calories over the course of the day. Add in the fact that this monster meal clocks in at 89 grams of saturated fat, and we’re in big trouble.
Major fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC also made the list of unhealthiest kid menu choices, unsurprisingly, but we were a little dismayed by some of the casual dining restaurants also on the list. Here’s the rest of the top 10:
2. On the Border Kid's Cheese Quesadilla with Mexican Rice (1,220 calories)
3. Outback Steakhouse Joey Spotted Dog Sundae (1,216 calories)
4. California Pizza Kitchen Kids Curly Mac n' Cheese with Edamame (1,088 calories)
5. Friendly's Dippin' Chicken Salad (950 calories)
6. McDonald's Mighty Kids Meal with Double Cheeseburger, Fries (small), and 1% Chocolate Milk Jug (840 calories)
7. The Cheesecake Factory Kids Southern Fried Chicken Sliders (820 calories)
8. The Cheesecake Factory Kids Grilled Cheese Sandwich (810 calories)
9. KFC Kids Meal with Popcorn Chicken, Potato Wedges, and Pepsi (800 calories)
10. Applebee's Kids Oreo Cookie Shake (780 calories)
How do you keep your kids eating healthy when eating out? Or is eating out an occasion for the whole family to indulge?