McDonald’s and Your KidsPosted: July 27, 2011
(C) 2011, Written by Will Blesch
Is hell freezing over?
Mickey-D’s is going to start putting fresh fruit in kids’ happy meals. While I applaud this decision on the part of the company’s executives (it’s been a long time coming), Americans should still be wary about taking their kids out to eat at this fast food giant.
With approximately 12.5 million kids in America clinically diagnosed with obesity, even McDonald’s scaled down Happy Meals, which will feature fresh fruit, a smaller portion of French fries, a hamburger and a drink, are packed with too many calories.
Just one Happy Meal will still carry more than half the calories a kid needs in any given day.
Ok, so if you starve your kids for breakfast and then given them something light for dinner, maybe you can pull it off. Personally, I think that’s kind of mean. I think feeding your children something balanced at every meal is not only healthier, it’s kinder.
(Who wants to miss a meal?)
My advice? Buy and cook healthful, whole foods at home. Use McDonald’s as a treat that you only give your kids once in a blue, blue moon and watch yourself…and your kids…drop the pounds and become healthy.