I really love food. And I love really good food. I love going out to eat at nice restaurants. I love eating oysters and sushi and delectable deserts; farm fresh fruits and veggies as staples overlapping them with new and exciting meals. Having said that – ask me what my last meal would be. I’ll wait………………………………………..Ready? A McDonald’s hamburger, extra little white onions. It’s true! I love McDonald’s. I have friends that won’t take their kids their claiming it’s unhealthy. It gets such a bad rap. But I call BS on that. Sure, you CAN eat unhealthy there..but you can eat unhealthy anywhere if you really try. Choose wisely and McDonald’s can offer a great wholesome lunch for kids, I swear. In the past, McDonald’s chicken nuggets had a reputation like a twinkie – 32 ingredients that would make a chemistry teachers head spin. Now, they are officially made without artificial ingredients and instead boast fresh ingredients like lemon, juice, and rice starch. Couple that with yogurt, apple slices, and carrot sticks – and you’ve got yourself a much healthier meal than say, a bowl of creamy Mac & Cheese.
Last week we were invited to attend a “Kids in the Kitchen” event at McDonalds. Paigely and Decker got to decorate their own lunch box, learn about well balanced meals, and play get-your-body-moving games. Then, they sat down to “cook” their own McDonalds meal –
They put the new, artificial ingredient-free chicken nuggets in a lettuce wrap and topped it off with fresh cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and a little bit of salad dressing. These two goofballs had a blast!
When asked their favorite foods Paigely yelled out “Angel Hair Pasta!” which made me laugh out loud because not only was it specific, I think I’ve served that to her once in her life. When the nutritionalist started talking about milk Decker interrupted her and yelled “Milk is really good protein!” I mean who needs a nutritionalist when you have a …. 2 year old?
It was really interesting learning about the extra steps McDonalds is taking to make sure healthy foods go into our kids growing bodies. I left feeling pretty damn good about my decision to take the kids to McDonald’s for lunch every now and again. I think I also left with a little bit of ketchup still on my face. There’s no age limit on a happy meal, right?