More than one third of kids eat fast food on any given day, a study by the National Center for Health Statistics found. Overall, kids and adolescents get roughly 12 percent of their daily calories from fast food.
It’s important to understand that children will only eat so healthy. They’re going to want their pizza, sweets and sugary drinks. But aside from unhealthy offerings, the big problem with fast food is that it’s filled with chemicals and additives. It’s neither fresh nor natural, and it caters more to convenience than well-being.
You can steer your kids clear of a fast food addiction by taking them to Sammy’s for real food and quality family time. We’re not telling you that you should expect them to order a kale salad. But, with pure, local ingredients and perfect portions, they can learn the concepts of moderation and health-consciousness while still enjoying the foods they love. Here are five Sammy’s menu items that kids go crazy for:
All-Natural Pepperoni Pizza
There’s a big difference – in both taste and lifestyle – between getting a greasy, oily pepperoni pizza delivered to your door and going out to Sammy’s for one of our famous woodfired pizzas. Our pepperoni pizza is made with all-natural pepperoni (a far cry from the processed stuff), organic oregano and house-made tomato sauce. If the kiddos aren’t picky, you might even be able to pull of a whole wheat crust without them ever noticing.
Mozzarella Cheese Pizza
Kids love cheese, and simple foods. Our mozzarella cheese pizza brings the best of both: organic basil and a layer of fresh mozzarella over our delicious house-made tomato sauce. Your little ones might never want a fast food pizza again.
Meatballs & Marinara
Is there a more classic childhood meal than spaghetti and meatballs? From the tapas menu, our meatballs and marinara dish is a lighter twist on a family favorite. Toasted crostini replaces the pasta, with a bowl of fresh tomato sauce and meatballs on the side. Yum! Mini
Kobe Beef Hamburgers
When your kids crave a hamburger, skip the drive through and stop by Sammy’s. Instead of that frozen patty and soggy bun, they can munch on our Kobe beef sliders. These mini burgers are made from premium Kobe beef and topped with chipotle aioli. If they’re scared of foods they don’t know, we can hold the aioli and add aged cheddar cheese for just a dollar more.
A sweet tooth is a part of growing up. Nothing healthy to see here, but a little dessert is well deserved when your child gets a good grade on a math test or helps out around the house. Treat them (and yourself) to an old-fashioned sundae with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, walnuts and whipped cream. Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with ice cream.
These are just a few of the many menu options here at Sammy’s. Here you can teach your kids the right balance of health and happiness while enjoying a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. Click here to see our full menu–we hope to see you soon!