September 3, 2012

Hyatt For Kids By Kids Menu

My kids are picky eaters. If I let them, they would live on a diet that consists solely of goldfish, lollipops, and Oreos. When we go out to eat (which I'm embarassed to admit is way too often), 9 times out of 10 they want chicken nuggets and french fries... even when we're at a Mexican food restaurant. Last month, we visited the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa. For lunch, we took the kids to the Firewheel Cafe, and much to my surprise, chicken nuggets and french fries were NOT on the menu. "What will my kids eat?!" I thought to myself, in panic. I guess they'll just have to try something new... a scary proposition for most parents of picky eaters.

Looking at the new For Kids By Kids menu, I was a little nervous, to say the least. Everything looked so healthy and nutritious. Don't get me wrong - I want my children to eat healthy! I just don't want to deal with the inevitable whining when the "healthy" food tastes "yucky." Luckily, the beauty and serenity of the Hyatt Lost Pines can relax even the most anxious parent, so I put aside my reluctance and ventured to order. For my 3-year old (Lorelei), I ordered grilled cheese, my 5-year old (Peyton) decided he wanted the sunbutter and jelly sandwich, and my 6-year old (Paisley) chose the fruit and yogurt.
While we waited for our food, the kids colored and completed the activities on their For Kids By Kids Menus. In my experience, if there isn't something for my kids to do while we wait for the food (like coloring), we're in for a loooong and grumpy wait. Thank goodness the Hyatt's kids menus were colorable. The menus kept the kids occupied all the way up until the food came. We didn't even have to play a single game of "I Spy" the whole time we waited, which luckily, wasn't very long.

The food arrived, and it looked delicious! To my utter delight, all 3 kids dug in without any whining, complaining, or even any questions, like "What is that brown stuff?" or "How much do I have to eat to get dessert?"

The grilled cheese came with tomato soup, which made me nervous, since Lorelei still has trouble eating liquids with a spoon and was of course, wearing a new shirt. But she did just fine, and the tomato soup turned out to be the dish that all of the kids fought over. Go figure!

Peyton LOVED his sunbutter and jelly sandwich... can you tell? He devoured it, whole wheat crust and all.

And Paisley was delighted with the fruit, which was served on sticks. (Why is it that food served on a stick always tastes so much better?) The yogurt was the only item that didn't get rave reviews, but I think Paisley was expecting something rainbow-colored, like the Trix yogurt she gets for snacks at home. In her eyes, everything tastes better if it's rainbow-colored. All in all, it was a success! Healthy, nutritious food that my kids ate without hesitation. A major victory in my book.

The next day, my kids got to take part in the For Kids By Kids menu taste test. They were able to try a few more new dishes, including the Shaken Chopped Salad...

Top Your Own Taco...


Build Your Own Whole Wheat Sub Sandwich (and the already favorite Sunbutter and Jelly Sandwich)...


And the Waffle Dipping Sticks... 

The Waffle Dipping Sticks were the hands-down winner. Even Boo Boo, one of the Hyatt's alpaca mascots, liked the Waffle Dipping Sticks.
I think the best part was that they got to add their own toppings. I guess anytime you let kids do something for themselves, they're going to be happy. And if they're happy, I'm happy. Thank you, Hyatt, for making a kids menu that truly is a "happy" meal! And for having alpacas. Because, how cool is that?
For more information about the For Kids by Kids menu, click here. Below is a video about the For Kids by Kids Menu and another video of the kids who participated in the taste test getting interviewed about what they thought about the food. See if you can spot my trio of munchkins in the first video!


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