For Hometown News
VERO BEACH -- With healthful kids meals and children's nutrition remaining a top culinary trend for 2014, according to a new report from the National Restaurant Association, Applebee's restaurants have announced a completely redesigned kids menu with 10 meals that meet the NRA's Kids LiveWell nutrition criteria and more than 650 combinations of entrees, sides and beverages.
The new kids menu moves away from a "one-size-fits-all" approach to a two-tiered entrée option with a selection of sides and beverages to complete the meal. With 26 menu items, the new Applebee's kids menu offers more items than any other national casual dining restaurant, including kid-approved favorites and healthier options.
The 10 new meals approved by Kids LiveWell are the most among all national casual dining restaurant brands. Of note, French fry orders declined from 73 to 39 percent during a three-month testing period for the new Applebee's kids menu.
"The new Applebee's kids' menu includes:
A two-tiered menu with entrée options for older kids with bigger appetites and younger kids with smaller appetites.
10 new Kids LiveWell-approved meals with three entrée options, including chicken, steak and pasta. Previously, the Applebee's kids' menu had just two meals that qualified under the Kids LiveWell nutritional guidelines.
Two Kids LiveWell-approved side items, and 11 total side choices, including Kids LiveWell-approved and all-natural GoGo squeeZ Applesauce and Kids LiveWell-approved steamed broccoli, apple slices with all-natural yogurt, all-natural yogurt and strawberries, white rice, salads and carrots or celery with ranch dressing.
On Sunday Family Day, all kids meals are just $1.99.
The Vero Beach Applebee's is located at 5335 20th Street.