McDonald’s now offers a choice of soda, low fat plain milk, or low fat chocolate milk with their Happy Meals. They also offer apple wedges instead of fries.
Wendy’s offers mandarin oranges instead of fries. They also offer the additional milk choices for drinks.
Subway has begun touting itself as a healthy alternative for children in commercials.
To my knowledge, Burger King is offering no alternative selections.
Now, how does this change your opinion on fast food for kids, if at all? Would you buy your child a Happy Meal with milk and apples? A Kid’s Meal with chocolate milk and oranges? Do you think your children would enjoy it? Would you feel better about such a “Happy Meal”? Do Subway’s kid’s meals count as healthier, even with that huge oily cookie?
My experience- We bought Son of Stonebow a Happy Meal, with the chocolate milk, fries, and a cheese burger*, a couple of day ago. He loved it, and drank every bit, whereas the soda was often wasted. I’m quite certain he’d enjoy the apples/oranges, too. He’s almost 3.
*Lest you be concerned over the nutrition of my child, we view such things as a treat and not standard food. My children get McDonald’s food once a week, if that.