Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mom Central Blog Event: Kids LiveWell Program at National Restaurant Association Show

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the National Restaurant Association. I attended a live event and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

I recently had the opportunity to attend an event at the National Restaurant Association Show here in Chicago to learn more about the Kids LiveWell program in conjunction with Mom Central Consulting. I gladly accepted the invite as I had barely heard of the program and I was soo interested in learning more about the program. I most certainly did learn MUCH about the program!

Our family loves to eat out, but we also find it difficult to find places that offer healthy options for the kids. My boys are "hearty" eaters, but "hearty" can also be "healthy" if right choices are made. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) launched the award-winning Kids LiveWell program to help make the healthful choice the easy choice for parents. The National Restaurant Association created the Kids LiveWell program in 2011 and have been working hard to get it to where it is today! The program, in teaming up with Healthy Dining, began with 19 restaurants and 15,000 locations has now expanded to 135 brands and restaurants and over 40,000 locations throughout the US! The Kids LiveWell Program is continually expanding and adding more restaurants and partners!

The Event that I attended at the National Restaurant Association included a "Sample Taste" of the top 4 winning recipes in the 2013 Kids Recipe Challenge. I sampled the recipes which consisted of Chicken Parmesean with Spaghetti Squash, Chix-N-Cheddar Snappy Jalapeno Wrap, Lil' Pulled Pork Naked Burrito, and Yum! Yum! Chip Chicken! My personal favorite was the Lil' Pulled Pork Naked Burrito from Qdoba restaurant. The great thing about the Recipe Challenge is that the winning entries were judged by kids and are KID Approved! All 4 restaurants were awarded checks at the Sampling Event which was hosted by Chef Marc Murphy, which many know from being a judge on the Food Network show Chopped. The sampling event ended and we headed to a Reception where we "Mingled" and had our pictures taken with Chef Marc Murphy and also Chef Judson Todd Allen, former contestant on Season 8 of The Next Food Network Star. Both Chefs are fully supportive of the Kids LiveWell Program, which is AWESOME!

To Learn More about Kids LiveWell Program: 
Nutritional Criteria for Participating Restaurants can be found HERE

A wonderful Video about the Kids LiveWell Program:

My family and I are excited about the Kids LiveWell Program and are looking forward to trying out a few the menu items at different participating Restaurants. A few personal favorites from my family are: Qdoba, Denny's, Red Robin, Chick-Fil-A and OutBack Steakhouse. We eat out at least once a month, sometimes 2, and we especially love to celebrate special events or birthdays by Eating Out. The Kids LiveWell Program will also us to make Healthy Choices, even when eating out. I have downloaded the Kids LiveWell App to both my Android Phone and Android Tablet. I really like the "Ease of Use" of the App as when we are on the go, we can find a participating restaurant in a jiffy and head for a healthy meal in no time! I hope you all will join me in helping the "Kids LiveWell" by downloading the app and visiting participating restaurants!

You can find "Kids LiveWell" online at:

List of Participating Restuarants: HealthyDiningFinder

Kids LiveWell App: iTunes or Google Play

Kids LiveWell Social Media:     Facebook   Twitter   YouTube

The Kids LiveWell Program and App get 5 out of 5 stars from me!! Kid Tested and Parent Approved!

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