The NRA (not that NRA), the National Restaurant Association, is rolling out a new initiative to encourage restaurants to offer something different from cheezburgers, grilled cheeze, nugget shapes, fried potatoes and a "juice" on kids' menus. It's called "Kids EatWell." The focus is on "increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium."
One of the first of the 19 restaurants participating is Zpizza. There are over 90 locations nationwide, but we have a few here in the Valley (we're down to 3 right now). We think they've been offering many of the items already, but this is a way to showcase their "crazy" business model of actual ingredients like "certified organic tomato sauce, MSG-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce." They even prepare much of their own food like their "dough is made from 100% organic wheat flour prepared fresh every day."
Here are the menu choices for the kids meals that meet the Kids LiveWell criteria:
It's nice to know that when we're out on our road trip to cooler weather, we're not completely SOL when it comes to better options for our kiddos when we make those pit stops on the way. With this program, you don't have to count calories, you can just order the meal, knowing it fits a more healthful criteria than what we're used to. Here's a link to the entire list of participating restaurants.