As any parent knows, kids’ menus at restaurants and hotels leave something to be desired. How many meals of chicken fingers, cheese pizza and spaghetti can our children eat while we travel? Why are options so unhealthy?
Westin Hotels & Resorts expanded its Well-Being Movement to include kids with the Healthy Eating menu for kids, as well as a nutrition-focused kids program, in partnership with SuperChefs.
Incorporating Westin’s tagline “For a Better You,” the healthy food options on the Eat Well for Kids menu was rolled out to every Westin hotel. Breakfasts include items such as whole wheat apple-raisin French toast or spinach and cheese omelettes. Lunch and dinner bring meals like fish tacos, turkey sliders, and chicken cobb salads. Desserts and drinks even get a bit healthier with fruit smoothies and apple fruit salad or lemon cornmeal cookies.
A nutrition-focused kids’ program is offered for kids ages 8 to 11 at Westin Hotels offering kids’ clubs and city hotels with expansive brunches. This program was developed in partnership with SuperChefs — a group of doctors, dentists, dietitians, chefs and experts — who educate kids on the importance and fun of eating healthy through its cooking programs. (SuperChefs also created the Eat Well menu.) The hands-on program teaches kids about foods in a fun way, such as Build Your Own Fruit Crepes and Build Your Own Salmon Nicoise lessons.
“You can’t teach kids nutrition, you have to engage them first,” said Dr. Greg Chang, the founder of SuperChefs.
For children 4 to 8, the The Cookery program engages kids through cooking lessons and special programs along with healthy characters, coloring books and placemats. The Cookery is included in the price of the kids programs.