Making Healthier Eating Easier
In America $1 out of every $2 spent on food is spent in restaurants. Eating out has provided the convenience we all want but at a terrible cost: a national health and obesity problem.
Research reveals that restaurant kids' meals are on average: double the calories than what is typically served at home and often are over 1000 calories!
Last week Michelle Obama announced a "Breakthrough health & wellness commitment in the restaurant industry" as the Darden Restaurant Group (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse & Bahama Breeze) announced their commitment to slowly begin offering healthier options.
Darden is committing to reduce its calorie and sodium footprints, and to provide greater choice and variety to families through changes to its kids’ menus. Across the entire Darden portfolio of brands, the company is working toward a 10 percent reduction of calories and sodium over five years and a 20 percent reduction in calories and sodium over 10 years. On kids’ menus, fruits or vegetables will become the default side option and 1-percent milk will be the default beverage choice with free refills. Changes to the kids’ menus are starting now and will be fully implemented by next July.
Last September, the First Lady spoke to the National Restaurant Association, encouraging restaurants to rethink what they serve to kids and families. Since then, there has been positive movement in the industry with commitments from various restaurant leaders to provide healthier menu options.
Thank You Michelle Obama and Darden Restaurants!