Article by Debbie Rosen
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Roswell’s Peach & the Porkchop offers 20 farm-fresh items on their kids’ menu.
The trend of adults eating a healthy diet has never been more popular, but encouraging children to eat a nutritious, balanced diet is just as important, if not more so, for a number of reasons.
Learning to enjoy a variety of foods that supply different vitamins and minerals when children are young is the key to building a lifetime of healthy habits. In addition, a varied diet filled with healthy foods will help children become more energized, motivated and support their ability to learn.
Because children are growing and developing, they have particular nutritional requirements. Even teens are still growing, often in ways that are not visible. Giving children nutritionally dense food options is important for proper overall growth and development for children of all ages.
When a child eats a variety of “clean” salads, meat, fish and vegetables that are free of hormones, pesticides and steroids, they are obtaining a wide range of nutrition dense foods that are the building blocks for mental and physical health.
As parents, we are the most important influencers on our children and can do many things to help them develop healthy eating habits at a young age. To encourage kids to eat a wide variety of foods, first and foremost, offering them a selection of as many foods as possible is key. This is one of the reasons that we offer more than 20 different, farm fresh items on our Children’s Menu at Peach & The Porkchop, from Salads and Steaks to Pizza, Shrimp and Salmon. We want to provide healthy options for every child’s personal tastes.
We also make a point of telling our young customers that most of the produce they are eating is grown at local farms in their own community. This really strikes a cord with young people, not only thinking that it is “cool” that what they are eating was grown just a couple of miles down the road, but that local farmers actually grew these fruits and vegetables for them to enjoy!
By offering a plethora of wholesome foods to young children, we are teaching them the benefits of healthy eating, so they will seek out healthy foods on their own as teens and adults.