More Healthful Kids Meals? Panera CEO Dishes Out A Challenge

Panera’s CEO has challenged other fast-food CEOs to eat their kids’ menus for a week. He’s perplexing to start a review about a nourishment in these meals.

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Panera’s CEO has challenged other fast-food CEOs to eat their kids’ menus for a week. He’s perplexing to start a review about a nourishment in these meals.

Charles Krupa/AP

Chicken nuggets. French fries. Pizza. Repeat.

This repertoire of kids menu equipment might seem informed to many families, though one fast-casual sequence aims to put a lot some-more options in front of a immature customers.

Beginning this month, there’s a kid-sized chronicle of roughly all on Panera’s unchanging menu. The apportionment shrinks, as does a price. “Kids now have a choice of 250 opposite combinations,” Panera CEO Ron Shaich told NPR.

So, how about a Greek salad with greens and quinoa? Squash soup or a whole-grain flatbread with turkey and cranberries? Maybe these could enhance kids’ palates.

Shaich announced these changes in a video in that he also challenged a CEOs of fast-food bondage to re-examine their kids plate options, that he says can be “nutritional nightmares.” He says kids dishes during many bondage roughly always come with french fries, promotional toys and mostly sweetened drinks, too.

“I plea a CEOs of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King to eat off of their kids menu for a week, or to re-evaluate what they’re apportionment a children in their restaurants,” Shaich says in a video.

Now, while Panera has been forward of a bend in focusing on good nutrition, not each Panera snack is a manuscript of sustaining eating. The mac and cheese on Panera’s kids menu has 470 calories, a whopping 1,230 milligrams of sodium, and usually 1 gram of fiber. This plate is some-more calorie unenlightened and sodium-laden than a four-piece duck gob choice charity by competitors.

When it comes to his challenge, Shaich says he has not listened behind from any of his opposition CEOs.

McDonald’s responded to a ask seeking about a challenge. “We’re unapproachable of how we’re stability to lift a bar on a food we offer during McDonald’s,” Becca Hary, a McDonald’s spokesperson, told us in an email.

Hary points to many changes to a Happy Meal in new years, including downsizing a apportionment distance of french fries. In addition, a sequence has done a joining to holding sweetened fountain drinks such as Coke off a kids menu; instead, it’s compelling divert and juices. It’s many new charity is a lower-sugar organic juice.

“Our new proclamation that we’re adding Honest Kids Juice Drink to a Happy Meals joins other certain changes we have made, such as stealing synthetic preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, that also don’t have synthetic colors or flavors,” Hary concluded.

She says given 2012, McDonald’s has served some-more than 2 billion servings of fruit and low-fat dairy products like Go-Gurt and now automatically offers apple slices in Happy Meals.

Other bondage have revamped their kids menus, too. Back in 2014, Subway pledged to raise on vegetables and foster healthier choices to immature customers.

But, overall, a undo stays between a dishes that many bondage offer kids and a kinds of dishes we’re suggested to eat.

The Dietary Guidelines suggest that we fill half a plates with fruits and vegetables and that we ramp adult expenditure of fiber-rich whole grains. At a same time, we’re suggested to cut behind on salt and polished carbohydrates.

And notwithstanding new changes to kids menus, they still mostly simulate a eating habits of many Americans who devour too most sugar, salt and calorie-dense foods.