McDonald’s Makes Their Happy Meals Healthier . . . Fewer Fries and Mandatory Apples
If you won’t force your kids to eat apples, then dang it, someone’s going to. And that someone is now . . . believe it or not . . . McDonald’s. Yesterday, McDonald’s announced some MAJOR changes to their Happy Meals.
#1.) MANDATORY FRUIT. Before, kids could choose between fries or apples. And, shocker . . . kids almost universally chose fries. Or, we assume their parents forced them to choose apples so the kids chose option three: Tantrum.
Now, every Happy Meal automatically comes with BOTH fries and a fruit or vegetable. It’ll usually be apples but it could also be oranges, raisins, pineapple, or baby carrots.
#2.) FEWER FRIES. Before, Happy Meals came with 2.4 ounces of fries. That’s been cut by more than HALF, down to 1.1 ounces of fries.
#3.) NO CARAMEL DIPPING SAUCE. Kids who did end up with apples before got a package of high-sugar caramel dipping sauce with them. That’s been cut.
#4.) MILK IS THE DEFAULT DRINK. Before, a small soda was the default drink. Now 1% milk is what comes with the Happy Meal, unless a parent specifically requests soda. Fat-free chocolate milk is also a new option.
Overall, these changes make the Happy Meals an average of 20% lower in calories, 15% lower in sodium, and 20% lower in saturated fat. The changes will start rolling out in September.