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Izakaya entrepreneur Harry Marquart on healthy eating for kids

Izakaya entrepreneur Harry Marquart on healthy eating for kids

Eat Free initiative proves hit with kids at healthy Izakaya


Entrepreneur Harry Marquart explains why his brand is running a summer-long campaign

Japan may be renowned for sushi and sumo wrestlers, but the Japanese should be celebrated for a recently published phenomenon – they are the healthiest people on the planet.

According to global analysis, a child born in Japan will live a longer, healthier life than one bone in any other country. Likewise, the Britsih Medical Journal found those who ate a Japanese diet had a longer life expectancy and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

My restaurant, Izakaya, boasts that the Japanese-inspired cuisine we offer, is largely fresh and unprocessed, with very little refined foods, sugar or salt. The team and I want to help educate Liverpool’s children about healthier choices by introducing them to a Japanese diet FOR FREE, but why?

I believe restaurants have a responsibility to offer vibrant, tasty, and nutritious food choices to its customers and that’s for adults!

Children on the other hand, often get a raw deal and are lumbered with something lacking nutrition, colour and excitement…is it a wonder they’re eating pizza and chips again?

Iza jap kid

It’s not just restaurant choices that let children down. I recently joined a dedicated cluster of schools who want to offer their little learners healthier school lunches. With a little persuasion and a whole lot of passion we’ve got children eating cuisines from around the world, provided by very local suppliers and all for a lot cheaper than you might think.

Children and their exposure to good quality and healthy food is an obvious area that we should all be investing in. And the idea is to get them talking more with mum and dad over the holidays with an even greater zest for eating a healthier appetite when they return to school after the summer break.

So what is on the menu for children at Izakaya?

Put aside the fidget spinners and order some edamame beans. Popping them out of their snug case is a neat way yo occupy and humour while the family wait for the main event.

Sushi novice? Start simple with some fresh Nigiri before exploring some hosomaki. These mini bites of sushi are perfect for sharing. Try some flavoursome Uramakai, I recommend the Aubergine Dragon…a vegan delight saturated with healthy veg.

Ramen, a hearty bowl of flavoursome broth with fresh noodles packed full of meat and veggies and taste. It is part of a healthy and balanced diet.

These are just some examples of our favourites. Everything on the menu is recommended for children because we want to empower our future generations to engage with healthy food choices and become more culturally aware too.

I welcome everyone to come and try something fresh, nutritious and different.

Kids eat free every day between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Eat Well. Live Well.

Harry Marquat and the Izakaya Team


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