By Grace Vasquez
Anything in extreme is not good. So a McD’s Happy Meal every now and then no problem. But too many parents find it too easy to get their kids that little meal with a toy for lunch or dinner daily. And as much as they know it’s probably bad for the children, sometimes parents just can’t avoid buying their them a Happy Meal at McDonald’s, but soon moms and dads can feel less guilty about it.
The McDonald’s announced plans to make Happy Meals healthier by the end of 2022. The goal is to have at least 50% of all Happy Meals contain no more than 600 calories, with 10% coming from saturated fat, 10% coming from added sugars and with each meal having only 650 milligrams of sodium.
But will the kids be happy with the change? We’ll have to wait and see. So far, on social media, the response has been…negative. Imagine my surprise.
To meet their goals, McDonald’s plans to only put a cheeseburger in a Happy Meal at a customer’s request, plus they’re cutting the size of a French fry order that comes with Chicken McNuggets, and reducing the added sugar in chocolate milk, with bottled water promoted on the menu board as the featured beverage for the item.
- Plus they may start offering new, healthier food options in the meals, like a Junior Chicken, which is a grilled chicken sandwich.
- And while the goal is to have all the changes made by 2020, folks will see some improvements as early as this summer. The chain says that 100% of the changes, with the exception of the sodium decreases will be adapted by June, with 78% of the sodium goals met by then as well.
I know we all hate change but while McDonald’s is making a change here in hopes of parents making a healthier choice for a meal, at least McD’s gives the option to order your Happy Meal the old way. And that should make everyone happy! ~grace