Healthier Food Options at McDonald’s

by - 1/07/2012 02:22:00 PM

Last year when I attended the Blogalicious Conference, one of the brands with a booth at the conference was McDonald’s. At the McDonald’s booth there was a game to create a meal in 600 calories or less. I'm proud to say I won that game.

McDonald’s at Blogalicious

How did I know what foods to put together? I learned...and tasted!..while attending a few McDonald’s events about ways to eat healthier options. While most of their option were aimed at adults, McDonald’s had one major change to their Kids Happy Meal that affected children.

McDonald’s New Happy MealMcDonald’s New Happy Meal

The new Happy Meal will automatically include both produce (apple slices, a quarter cup or half serving) and a new smaller size French fries (1.1 ounces) along with the choice of a Hamburger, Cheeseburger or Chicken McNuggets, and choice of beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk. For those customers who prefer a side choice of apples only, two bags of apple slices will be available, upon request.

Ronald McDonald

By adding fruit in every Happy Meal, McDonald’s hopes to help parents meet the challenge of giving children the recommended daily requirements of fruit serving. While I'm sad to see the smaller fries container, I use to "help" my son with his fries, I feel better about getting my son a happy meal as a treat every now and then.

You can see more photos of the McDonald’s party at Blogalicious Conference on my facebook page.

Thinking about trying some of the healthier options at McDonald’s for the New Year? Here's a way you can score FREE yummy deals. This month, followers of McDonald’s Twitter and Facebook will be treated to “Warm Up Wednesdays” to help keep them warm during the cold morning. The Warm Up Wednesday offer will treat followers to One Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut or Fruit & Maple Oatmeal coupon with any purchase.

In addition, local McDonald’s will also provide followers with “McCafé Mondays” beginning January 9, offering a coupon for a McCafé beverage to be redeemed that day only at participating New York Tri-State restaurants. Coupons expire at 11:59 PM that same day and can be redeemed by showing the coupon on a mobile device at the counter or by printing.

These coupons are just the first of many McDonald’s will be offering its local Twitter and Facebook followers this year. Be sure to tune in and score some yummy deals

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