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Healthy Kid's Menus in Restaurants

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

4 Restaurants Nationwide from the 4 Provinces:

. Leinster -Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny - Long Man of Kilfane with Chef Joan Murphy

. Munster -Mallow, Co. Cork -The Gallery Restaurant & Bar with Chef Stephen Ferrick

. Ulster - Donegal - Dom's Breslin's Bar and Restaurant with Chef Spencer Sherwin

. Connaught - Sligo - Davis' Restaurant at The Yeats Tavern with Chef Margaret O'Donnell.

Paula Mee - Expert Nutritionist

The Afternoon Show's Nutritionist Paula Mee has visited the 4 nationwide restaurants, overviewed the menus, cooking practices and cost issues. She has advised our chef Richie Wilson on the nutritional changes to make to one selected dish per restaurant.
The Afternoon Show's Chef Richie Wilson worked with Paula on the menus and took her advice on changing the dishes ingredients and cooking practices for the chefs. He presented the new ingredients and ways of cooking the 4 dishes to the 4 chefs during a cook off. They prepared their dish with Richie's advice, and he prepared a wild card dish which featured in the restaurant's menus.

The Facts:

. 11.6% of Irish girls aged 5-12 are overweight while 13% are obese.

. 10.5% of Irish boys aged 5-12 years are overweight while 9.2% are obese.

. 40% of Irish children exceed the recommended maximum of energy intake from fat.

. 61% of children did not consume enough fibre.

Guideline GDA's for children aged 5-10:

. 1800 calories

. 85g sugar

. 70g fat - of which 20g saturated fat

. 4g salt