A pint-sized Westin cooking class (Photo credit: Westin Hotels & Resorts)
Thanks to the slow food movement, food activists such as chef Alice Waters and author Michael Pollan, and better taste in general, the way we eat has transformed radically in recent years. But look at the kids’ menu at most restaurants, and the offerings read like something from the 1970s: fish fingers, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, fries. As the mother of a 22-month-old who loves to snack on broccoli (which she fondly calls “broco-lee-lee”), I find myself dismayed by the lack of healthy, pintsize options and usually just share my food with my daughter.
According to a Westin Hotels & Resorts survey conducted earlier this year, more than half of respondents expressed concern about the limited access to healthy food options while traveling and 41 percent of parents were worried about gaining weight while on the road.
So it comes as welcome news that there’s a healthy movement afoot in the hospitality world. A handful of smart hoteliers are developing thoughtful kids’ menus, so that you can take even the most finicky of eaters on vacation and not feel guilty about what they’re being served.