Not kidding around

Not kidding around

My 20-month-old daughter reminds me daily of what a challenge it can be to get kids to eat anything, let alone something healthy. It’s no surprise, then, that many hotel companies are trying their darnedest to find ways to entice kids to eat food that’s good for them.

New this month from Englewood, Colorado-based Destination Hotels & Resorts (DH&R) is a Kids’ Healthy Eating Recipe Contest. Through April 15, entrants can submit their favorite kid-friendly recipe online, and the public can vote for their favorites. A panel of kid judges ultimately will taste test the top three recipes and choose the grand prize winner, which will receive a vacation including dinner with their winning dish served by a DH&R chef.

In a similar vein, last fall Zurich-based Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts received a fair amount of attention for its new Power Bites menu, which it debuted for kids at selected restaurants at properties across the Middle East and Asia. The low-fat, low-sodium, veggie-laden dishes also feature whimsical touches such as sandwiches shaped like a caterpillar with cucumber feet.

“These days children have constant sources of entertainment in the form of iPads, phones and games,” says Peter Drescher, Mövenpick’s vice president of food and beverage, Middle East and Asia. “We have to be equally entertaining with our food.”

What are your ideas about how to encourage healthy eating for kids? What are some other ways to make food fun? Your thoughts may or may not apply to the hotel industry, but I sure will take all the help I can get when it comes to feeding my daughter!