When you go out to eat a fast food restaurant with your baby or toddler, there aren’t a ton of good choices to feed him or her. If you’re concerned about only feeding your child the “good stuff” there are some options out there that are both healthy and safe for your baby or toddler. Here are some suggestions.
McDonalds. One of the best options for feeding your baby or toddler at McDonald’s is the fruit and yogurt parfait. As long as your baby is old enough to enjoy yogurt and berries (generally around 10 months) this is a great option. The only drawback is that you have to do the feeding for younger babies since it is quite messy. McDonald’s also has apple dippers which are fresh apple slices with caramel sauce. Just skip the caramel sauce for younger ones. Finally, the snack sized fruit and walnut salad is a good option. Just cut up the apples and grapes for your little one, and serve along with the yogurt. You can enjoy the glazed walnuts yourself.
Wendy’s. One of the best options available at Wendy’s is the mandarin orange cup. There is little sugar in this healthy choice and the texture is great for toothless babies to “chew.” A baked potato is another option for your little one. You can choose whether or not you want to add a little sour cream for flavor. Skip the salt and butter. Yogurt with granola is a good choice though it will have to be spoon fed for younger ones and the granola may be a little hard to chew for those with no or few teeth. Another option is to get a side salad and let your baby eat the tomatoes and cucumbers off of it, cut into small pieces.
Taco Bell. Pintos and cheese, minus the red sauce is an option for your baby at Taco Bell. The smooth texture is easy to eat, but be warned that there is a small amount of trans fat in these beans. Another good option is to order a fresco style chicken taco. You can pull apart the chicken pieces and tortilla and serve it along with some of the salsa (you may want to remove the onions). Again, though, there is a small amount of trans fat in the tortilla. Taco bell is one of the least toddler and baby friendly fast food restaurants when it comes to healthy options.
Arby’s. Arby’s has a few good options just for kids that will also work well for your baby or toddler. The kids’ meal fruit cup has fresh grapes and apples that you can just chop into small pieces. They also offer a ham or turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, minus the crust. For an older toddler this sandwich works well as is, or for a younger one you can disassemble it and pull into small pieces. Just ask for the sandwich without the mayonnaise and know that the lunchmeat does contain quite a bit of sodium. Also, keep in mind that the bread has honey in it, so skip it for babies under one year old.
While eating at a fast food restaurant can be challenging if you want to only feed your baby or toddler healthy foods, it can be done. Do your research ahead of time and you’ll be armed and ready when you get up to the order counter.