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JW Marriott introduces healthy menu for junior travelers

Posted by Melanie Nayer  April 8, 2013 01:15 PM

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veggies.jpgHealthy eating is a priority for most parents, but how do you keep kids noshing on healthy snacks when on vacation? More hotels are offering healthy food options for kids and families, giving parents a sense of relief when it comes to curbing appetites on-the-go.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts just announced its partnership with nationally recognized nutritionist and author Keri Glassman to create a new JW Kids Menu. This kids menu is meant to help kids build healthy eating habits while traveling, said the hotel group.

“With kids’ food choices becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking to create dining options that are fresh, healthy and imaginatively tasty,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “These items will not only delight kids from a culinary standpoint, but will also let parents know the JW Marriott brand cares about the well-being of their entire family.”

The interactive menu, debuting at JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. this spring, features a unique way of ordering: it gives kids the option to create their own healthy meal. Through the new menu, kids can pick and pair foods they love from this healthy menu, which keeps them feeling invested in their plates and gives parents peace of mind.

The new JW Kids Menu is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is divided into three sections – “Kids Nosh,” “Big Kids,” and “This, That & the Other”.

According to the hotel:

Kids Nosh – This section includes items such as fresh-cut cucumber and carrot sticks with a low-fat yogurt ranch dip or cheese cubes and grapes that will quiet grumbling tummies while kids explore their new activity book and parents peruse the dinner menu.
Big Kids – Catering to junior jetsetters who may not view themselves as kids, this section features well-balanced, recognizable favorites like turkey meatballs along with “mini” adult offerings for more sophisticated palates such as grilled organic chicken.
This, That & the Other – To empower kids to make their own healthy choices, this section allows younger guests to mix-and-match with guidance from parents, letting them explore a variety of nutritious offerings while encouraging their imaginations.

The menu comes with an activity book, crayons and a take-home reusable cup.

Readers: What do you think? Would you prefer that all hotels have a healthy menu just for kids?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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