Monday, March 26, 2012

Healthy and Happy: Taste Testing the Revamped McDonald's Happy Meal

By: Finance Foodie

McDonald’s is launching a new Happy Meal campaign that engages families in the benefits of balanced eating and active play, aiming to make nutrition fun for kids. The campaign launched a few weeks ago nationwide and includes the following initiatives:

* Nationwide availability of McDonald’s new Happy Meal that automatically comes with apple slices and a new kid-size fry

* New Happy Meal TV Advertisements, will be the first that support McDonald’s nutrition commitment to promote nutrition and/or active lifestyle messages.

* "Happy Meal Chefs" contest gives two parent and child teams the opportunity to help in the creation and testing of new, nutrition-minded Happy Meal choices alongside McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut. Beginning now through April 18, the contest is seeking top inspiring stories from families who enjoy cooking with wholesome ingredients at family mealtime. Ten kids will win and trip to the 2012 London Olympic Games and two will name honorary “Happy Meal Chefs.” Families can enter at happymealchefs.mcdonalds.com

Even though I am probably too old for a happy meal, I took a trip down memory lane and checked out the "new" happy meal for old times sake.What did I think? Well, I would definitely say there is more of an option to be healthy. I was quite impressed with the variety of new drink choices (lowfat milk, chocolate milk, apple juice or small soda), but besides that -- it seemed like it was the same happy meal as before, just with additional apple slices. And speaking of these apple slices, I am sad to report that the five times I had this meal, every single time the slices were mushy and not tasty. If I had these as a kid, I probably would have chucked these to my dog -- cause these apples were as bad as the steamed brussel sprouts forced upon me during family dinners.
I do still applaud McDonald's effort in fighting childhood obesity with healthy options, but the taste and quality still needs some work. However, I am going to start ordering these kids meals now as they are smaller portioned and less caloric (example: a 4 piece Chicken McNugget, kid sized fries, Diet Coke and apple slices runs you less than 500 calories) -- after all, I'm still a kid at heart!

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Full Disclosure:Arch Card provided by Finance Foodie Media Productions. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. 

129 comments:

amy beth marantino said...

hanging out with, and being spoiled rotten by, my grandparents

slb3334 said...

Spending time with my dad.

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mar said...

My favorite memory of childhood was bike riding with my best friend!

Mysharona said...

playing on the playground

peg42 said...

My favorite was summers spent at the shore with my parents.
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tavernie said...

Spending time with my mom and dad!

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susan1215 said...

My favorite thing about childhood was playing with my friends and sisters

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Lorri S said...

My favorite thing was playing games with all the neighborhood kids

Rich said...

MY favorite memory is meeting my favorite Indians player at a game

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Mami2jcn said...

My favorite thing was playing with dolls.

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sottovoce said...

I loved not caring about what others thought...I could play to the limits of my imagination. :-) Thank you.
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Janice said...

Going to the amusement parks with my cousins, friends and grandparents.
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Becca Ann said...

I loved riding my bike with my friends in our neighborhood
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ferriz said...

saturday morning cartoons and good tv programing. i was raised by the tv. child of the 80s/90s!

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MANDY83 said...

i liked reading lots of books when I was younger. My favorites were the babysitters club and horror books by RL Stine.


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jenmalonee said...

My favorite thing about childhood was playing outside with the neighbor kids!

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Wendy said...

Favorite part of childhood? Sleepovers and playing video games into the night! :)

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Sue C. said...

I loved playing in the neighborhood with friends and my siblings.

Amanda said...

It was going to the park with my sister and mom for the whole day.
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sweepmom said...

My favorite thing about my childhood was playing outside with my friends.

April said...

I loved reading the Bernstein Bear books!

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debbie said...

I liked playing with breyers horses.
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McKim said...

My favorite thing was all the friends I had.

Kristy Thiel said...

my favorite thing about my childhood was not having to worry about adult things!

kyl neusch said...

hanging with grandparents

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mogrill said...

Mine was Christmas!! It was so magical.
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Mary Calabrese said...

My favorite thing was being able to run outside barefoot.

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Rebecca Graham said...

I liked playing with friends and riding my bike.

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Erica C. said...

My favorite was playing non stop outside and not thinking that it was exercise!
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Annette D said...

My mother's cooking!

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Leenburke said...

rolerskating, I loved rollerskating!`

Diane52 said...

I loved summer vacation from school
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pauline15 said...

My favorite was swimming. My family would visit a different swimming pool every weekend and we had a blast!
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kdkdkd said...

My favorite part of childhood - summer vacation!

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crystalf said...

Being able to read all day everyday if I wanted to. Thank you!

ellie said...

My favorite thing about my childhood was playing outside from dawn to dusk. The world was a different place in the 70's.
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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

visiting my grandparents
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Peter Schott said...

Summer Camp - I got to spend some overnights w/ my grandmother who cooked for a camp. Also got to swim, hike, play, and generally enjoy myself as long as I didn't interfere. I later cooked at that camp myself and enjoyed it.

ard1977 said...

My fave thing about being a kid was having crushes on boys and hanging out with my friends. Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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smilekisses said...

Taking walks around town with my friends.
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jenspurg said...

Spending time with my grandparents on the farm.
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Debbie C said...

My favorite thing about childhood was spending weekends with my cousins in the country. We ran wild and loved it.

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Julie said...

hanging out with my cousins
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clynsg said...

My favorite time was sewing doll clothes--something that grew into a real hobby as I grew older.

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Misty Sunrise said...

my favorite thing about childhood was summer break!

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Anonymous said...

Spending time with my parentals!

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

my favorite memory, bike riding all over the country and riding my ponies
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katecontestgirl said...

playing with friends
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Kristie said...

A lot of my favorite memories were from showing animals at the 4-H fair :-)

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Judy B. said...

My favorite thing was lunch (a foodie right from the beginning lol)

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KPort207 said...

my favorite was spending time with my friends and not worrying about anything other than school.

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crankyyanky1 said...

Going for long rides with my grandfather on his motorcycle it was awesome not a care in the world!
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1porkchop said...

I agree with you, my favorite thing about childhood was the total lack of responsibility.

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Kim said...

My favorite thing was family vacations

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Lo said...

My favorite thing about childhood was playing outside with the neighbor kids.

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Renee said...

I loved the fact that we had about a million pets growing up! Fortunately, I only had to play with them, not clean up after them!

spirit_kim said...

My favorite thing about my childhood was free time.
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Joy said...

Riding bikes until sundown.
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imaclutz89 said...

My favorite part was that everything was so simple and you had no real worries.

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xraygirl said...

My favorite memory is spending time with my older sister .

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My favorite memory is spending time with my older sister .

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Melanie Comello said...

Not that I knew it back than, but now my favorite thing about childhood is "not ever worrying about a single bill, or how they get paid lol.

1froglegs said...

My favorite thing about childhood was going to the toy store. It just doesn't have the same feel to it at my age now.

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LAMusing said...

Playing games with my parents, having time to dream, not worrying so much about survival

Norma said...

I loved the family road trips!
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Peace Love and Pets said...

Being able to play outside on a warm Summer night. As long as you were in ear shot of your Mom's voice, you could stay out well past dark and play with your friends, catch fireflies, be a kid

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playing outside with no worries thanks for the to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

dddiva said...

For me, it was freedom- we could go out and do whatever, and when the streetlights were on it was time to come home for dinner- there was so much less to stress and worry about then.
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brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...spending summer days, from dawn to dusk, playing with friends in the woods & park near my childhood home...freedom !!!

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Clarke & Lewis said...

summer time!

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amyd said...

playing tag with my friends and of course no worries!
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Nancy said...

My favorite thing about my childhood was the love and attention of my extended family and being able to read as much as I wanted - just about all the time!


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buzzd said...

playing with my friends and not being stressed about money/job etc

barblong said...

My favorite thing about childhood was hanging out with my friends on weekends and summer vacation.

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My favorite memory of my childhood was playing outside all day,climbing trees,and riding my bike

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Atreau said...

I loved spending time with my friends making up plays and dancing to MTV!

Sarah said...

playing with barbies

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