5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy at McDonald’s

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5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy at McDonald’s

The New Year is quickly approaching and that means nearly every adult is thinking about getting healthy. But wait! What about the children? They can make healthier choices too! We all know that kids love McDonald’s so here are 5  Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy at McDonald’s.

5 ways to get your kids to eat healthy at McDonald's

  1. Get them involved in the choice. Go to the McDonalds website and use the meal planner to mix and match meal choices to get a fit that is right for your childrens’ nutrition needs.
  2. YOU pick the meals for them. Easy enough, right? If you are choosing the meals, then you can choose the healthiest options.
  3. Make the choices fun or educational by challenging them to stay within a certain calorie limit. Alternately, teach them about the FDAs recommended daily allowances and have them plan a meal using the FDA nutrition guidelines.
  4. Have a pre-determined list of meal options that they can choose from. Keep this list handy to allow them to make choices quickly.
  5. Eat the same meal as your children. It’s no surprise that children mimic what they see us do.  Help demonstrate healthy meal options to your children by choosing a meal that your children can copy.

Bonus! – Keep them active by letting them play at a McDonald’s PlayPlace. McDonald’s PlayPlaces are fun, safe environments where your kids are free to run, climb, jump, and slide their energy away!

Remember, it’s not where you eat, but what you eat. McDonald’s uses the same fresh ingredients found at your local grocery stores to prepare their meals. If you want to eat healthy at McDonald’s, then it’s up to YOU to make the right choices.

What is your favorite healthy option at McDonald’s?

16 thoughts on “5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy at McDonald’s

  1. Catherine S

    These are great tips. I will have to check out some of McDonald’s healthy options. I avoid fast food restaurants for the most part.

  2. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    I am happy that there are more options at McDonalds these days. Every once in a while I get a craving for their fries and allow myself to have a small fry every so often. The sodium just isn’t good for me with the health programs I have. I do love their apple dippers and the fruit and yogurt parfait. Even their oatmeal is tasty.

  3. Maggie Branch

    My favorite healthy choice at McDonald’s is definitely the parfaits. I really agree it’s not where you eat, it’s what you eat and as parents it’s our responsibility to help our children make healthy choices.

  4. Eileen

    It’s so important to educate children so they can understand how to make the right decisions about eating healthy. It’s nice to know that they can eat healthy, even at Mcdonalds.

  5. Bonnie @wemake7

    That is so very true. It’s not where you eat but what you choose to eat. I love their healthy options.

  6. Donna Ward

    This is a wonderful idea and great way to keep our children aware along with ourselves – of what they’re eating! I would have taken full advantage of this for my son when he was a little guy – and I’ll share the info. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  7. Yona Williams

    Unfortunately, I can’t think of what I’ve eaten at McDonalds that was considered “healthy.” I swiped my nephew’s apple slices a couple of days ago, does that count?

  8. jared's mum

    i just hope our local McDonald’s have healthier options. I wonder why they do not offer fruits in their local menu. It will make it easier for kids to have healthier and more nutritious meals whenever they eat there!

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