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Not Too Old for Happy Meals
My boys have enjoyed McDonald’s Happy Meals for years. My oldest will be turning 13, so he has moved onto bigger meals like the 10 piece McNugget meal. But just the other day I took my 10 year old to McDonalds (it was just the two of us) and he decided to get a Happy Meal. It brought back happy memories of when I used to take them to the indoor play place and watch them eat their Happy Meals and then go off to have a ball in the maze of tubes – waving to their mom. (Sigh.) My youngest is still a kid (my baby) and for the moment not-too-old for Happy Meals.
I’m also happy to know that Happy Meals have evolved nutritionally over the years. Happy Meals provide wholesome choices like apple slices, and Go-Gurt Low Fat Strawberry yogurt, and 1% low-fat milk, fat-free chocolate milk or apple juice as healthier drink options. The evolution doesn’t stop there! Later this fall, we can expect to find Cuties Clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well!
What’s New With Happy Meals
As an industry leader, McDonald’s is committed to the well-being of children and has made an effort to align with key partners to make a large impact in the area of nutrition. After listening to customers, McDonald’s partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and made a Clinton Global Initiative commitment in 2013. This partnership aims to increase access to fruit, veggies and low-fat dairy, and to help families and kids make informed choices.
The following are the key ways that the Happy Meal has evolved over the past few years:
- The new Happy Meal introduced in 2012 included apple slices and a reduced kids-size french fries. Since then, McDonald’s has served more than 1.1 billion bags of apple slices.
- In May of 2014, McDonald’s introduced a new Happy Meal brand character, Happy, who helps celebrate the fun of the iconic Happy Meal while reinforcing the company’s commitment to children’s well being.
- As of July 2014, customers now have the option to choose between a bag of apple slices or Go-Gurt Low-fat Strawberry Yogurt made exclusively for McDonalds.
- Go-Gurt Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt has 50 calories per serving and has 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt. It also delivers 1/4 cup of dairy and is a good source of vitamin D and calcium.
- The Go-Gurt addition to the Happy Meal provides yet another wholesome choice, along with apple slices, 1% low-fat white milk and 100% apple juice beverage options.
- Moms and families may now choose to order both Go-Gurt and apple slices as their sides in place of a kid-size French fry.
- McDonald’s will continue to evolve the Happy Meal and its nutritional offerings for families. Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific will be offered later this fall.
These latest efforts to evolve the McDonald’s Happy Meal will remind families like us of the fun and happiness of ordering Happy Meals, at the same time reaffirming that McDonald’s is a brand that cares about our children’s well-being through the food they serve.
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Tips for Surviving Back-to-School
Back-to-School is such a busy time for kids and parents alike. Here are some of my tips to help the transition from lazy summer days to busy school days go more smoothly.
Buy Back to School Supplies Early – I take the boys out to buy their back-to-school supplies about two weeks before school starts. We bring the supply list and work together to find all of the supplies needed for the year. I like them to have their backpacks filled and ready to go days before school actually starts.
Re-establish the School Year Bedtime Routine – If your kids are like mine, they stay up a bit later in summer. We re-establish a 9:00 bedtime and stick to it. The result? During their first week of school, my kids wake up on time and are ready for their day because they’ve had about nine hours of sleep. If the summer reading hasn’t been consistent, as in my youngest son’s case, include pre-bedtime reading in your kid’s routine.
Make those Dr’s Appointments – My boy’s were due for eye exams and what better time than the end summer to schedule appointments like these when all of our schedules are still very light. (It turns out their vision is thankfully, a-ok.) The same would apply for physical exams. It’s nice to know my kids will be starting the new school year with a recent physical and that they are indeed in good physical health. (Don’t forget to get those physical forms to the school nurse for her files.)
Now it’s your turn. What is your best tip(s) for surviving back-to-school? Hint* This is the question we would love you to answer for entry into the giveaway!
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