Summer is all about family travel. My family and I have a lot of trips planned this summer and while we love being away, it’s always difficult to maintain our healthy lifestyle while on the road. We try to keep our kids away from fast foods and help them choose healthier options both in our house and while out to eat. Thankfully eating while traveling doesn’t have to be as difficult with Hyatt Hotels For Kids, By Kids menu.
It was launched last year and the For Kids, By Kids menu was created to help kids expand their palate and eat healthier food while traveling with their family. The menu was a success for the hotel, but after doing research, they found that families wanted to see even more options on the menu, especially childhood favorites with a healthy twist.
This morning, my girls and I had the chance to get a taste of the newly enhanced menu at the Grand Hyatt New York. We were welcomed with Strawberry-Banana Smoothies, Whole Wheat Pancakes, and Whole Wheat Waffles. My favorite breakfast item, which was just added to the menu, was the Top Your Own Taco. Think of it as a breakfast burrito, but better. The scrambled egg-filled whole wheat tortilla is brought to your table in a taco stand along with fun toppings including guacamole, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and pineapple that allow your children to top their breakfast themselves. Not only did they taste delicious (I asked for seconds), but they were so much fun for my daughter to make on her own. It kept her busy and got her involved in eating a healthy and delicious meal.
While I was incredibly impressed with the menu options, I was even more impressed with Haile Thomas, a 12-year-old chef, who was integral in the development of the menu. Haile has cooked for First Lady Michelle Obama, hosts her own cooking series on YouTube, and is a youth advisory board member for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a group founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.
“Hyatt really knows what kids want and has given me the chance to develop kid-tested and kid-approved dishes that are creative, exciting and fun,” said Haile. “I’m excited to see my Salmon Teriyaki on the menu – it is sophisticated and even though it might be new for many kids, I can promise that plates will be empty and bellies will be full with this dish.”
Along with the wonderful healthy options (including a 100% organic menu), Hyatt has also taken another big step in getting kids to eat healthy. They have taken all sodas off of their For Kids, By Kids Menu. I was thrilled at this news. While I don’t personally let my girls drink soda, it’s always very encouraging to see large corporations doing the same. The menu offers milk, smoothies, and bottled water for quick sip options.
I am really excited about all of the enhanced menu options added by Hyatt and their continuous effort to help kids maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The menu is so good, I think that I might be ordering from it myself while we are on our many travels this summer!
To learn more about the For Kids, By Kids menu, as well as your chance to get your kids involved in the kitchen too cook up a breakfast dish for their For Kids, By Kids Family Cook-Off, check out the Hyatt Facebook Page.
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