Friday, October 28, 2011

New, Healthier McDonald's Happy Meals & Arch Card Giveaway

McDonald's restaurants are now offering a healthier Happy Meal for kids.  Which is great news for busy parents who require stopping for fast food on occasion.  Here are some details about the new healthy initiative from McDonald's:
"In September, California was one of the first states to unveil the new Happy Meal which automatically includes Apple Slices (¼ cup or ½ serving) and new smaller size French Fries (approximately 1.1 ounces) as a side to the choice of Chicken McNuggets®, a Hamburger, or Cheeseburger.  The meal also includes a choice of beverage in which 1% white milk or fat-free chocolate milk are options.  The new Happy Meal is now available at all Southern California McDonald’s and nationwide by the first quarter of 2012."
McDonald's New, Healthier Happy Meal
Personally, I always thought I'd be the gung-ho organic, healthy meal mom, but lately it's just not feasible.  Three small children, often on the go and always hungry!  It turns out I don't like being a short order cook after all. 

We've been making stops at McDonald's a lot lately.  I enjoy the Grilled Chicken Club, french fries with tartar sauce (yummy guilty pleasure) and the mango pineapple smoothie.  The chickadees love their Happy Meals.  On our last drive-thru adventure, pinched between school and music class, we stopped for Happy Meals and then ate them picnic-style at the church.  The toys were a hit!

I am well aware that there are a group of concerned citizens who want to rid the world of Happy Meals and the 'evil toys'.  I am not one of those moms.  My children are thin, fit, healthy and active and there is such little joy in this life, (which they will learn soon enough) that Happy Meals and toys are a non-issue to me.

On Halloween day this Monday, participating Southern California McDonald’s restaurants will give costumed kids under 12 years old a bag of apple slices. Stop by a participating McDonald’s restaurant in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties from 4 to 7 p.m. on October 31st.

Which leads me to the topic of Halloween.  Last year, when I was in my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I dressed up as Juno (from the indie film about the high schooler who got knocked up.)  
This year I'm thinking of what my costume should be.  I am toying with the idea of being a working mom - with all the appropriate props and accessories.  It would give me a reason to wear some of my old work clothes and 'get into character'.  Then again, dressing up as a frumpy stay-at-home mom might be funny too.  I could poke of stay-at-home moms, but that might offend some of my neighbors and friends, so I think I should stay clear of that.  Or not? 

As a mom, do you still dress up for Halloween and get involved in the festivities? 

Giveaway: $20 McDonald's Arch Card

Please leave a comment below on your thoughts on the new McDonald's Happy Meal and/or your mom-Halloween plans.  I'm giving away a $20 McDonald's Arch Card to one random winner who leaves a comment.  Make me laugh if you can - I need comic relief!  

Deadline to enter the drawing is midnight on Saturday, November 5th.  Limited to U.S. residents.

I will notify the winner by email after the drawing has ended.  

Disclaimer: I was asked by McDonald's PR firm to host a giveaway, but I have not been compensated for this post.


  1. I think McDonalds is super for their new healthy choices as opposed to their poison! thanks mccie D's!
    anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. I think it is great they are taking steps to become healthier.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  3. Went to McD's today and my girls had the new happy meals. Neither of them wanted the apples. Their grandma ate them while saying this is a good idea, but I think a lot of apples are going to end up in the trash.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    angiedkelly at gmail dot com

  4. I think the healthy meals are a great idea, maybe they could make healthier french fries that taste just as good as the original!!!!

  5. the kids at my house don't really want the food anyway...they're all about the TOY in the happy meal and the indoor playground. Just can't win sometimes.
    deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com

  6. Here's a little song we used to sing when I was a kid (a long, long time ago) to the tune of the old McDonald's jingle. There may have been more verses but this is all I remember:
    "McDonald's is your kind of place
    Throw hamburgers in your face
    French fries up your nose
    Cheeseburgers between your toes."
    I'm really glad McD's has upgraded their food nowadays!

  7. I think its a good chose that parents need to inforce. Apples in a happy meal will make my little on happy to eat it.

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    Thanks to for providing me a winner unbiasedly!

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