The worst kiddy meals in the country are served at Friendly’s and Chevys, not the two chains whose names are synonomous with the words fast food — at least according to the findings of the The Daily Beast’s investigation into the Most Deadly Kids Meals offered by national chain restaurants.
Reporters for the website set out to determine the top 25 unhealthiest offerings on the eateries menus, looking into the calories, saturated fat, sodium, and carbohydrates for each special kiddie option offered. The “winner” was Friendly’s Mac and Cheese Quesadilla meal which, when including sides such as a Shirley Temple and Peanut Butter Cup, tops the charts with more than 2,200 calories packed into one offering. That’s even more an accomplishment when you realize most children do not need to consume more than 1,600 calories a day.
Other “hits” include Houlihan’s chicken fingers and mashed potatoes with a side of ice cream, Chevys Flour Floutas, Outback’s Kookaburra chicken fingers and Applebee’s grilled cheese and french fries.
The number one offender: Chevys, home of the kids eat free Tuesday night promotion. Four of the top ten offenders came from the children’s menu at the popular Mexican food chain.
For the entire list, click here. It’s enough to make you live on salad for the next week — or at least send you to the nearest McDonald’s or Burger King. Of course, as my colleague Paula points out, if we do our own cooking we avoid the entire problem. But if we were all happy homemakers, the children’s menu wouldn’t exist at these places in the first place.