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

FTC Disclosure: The FTC requires me to tell you that I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s. While this post has been compensated, all opinions are my own.

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?

Our Signature McDonald’s Meal

Our Signature McDonald’s Meal

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Total blogger fail, y’all. I had planned to start out this post by telling you the results to a Facebook poll about people’s signature McDonald’s meals. Somehow, I either never hit publish, or deleted that post! I can’t find it anywhere!

With that being said, I am often curious about other people’s eating habits. When I am in line behind somebody at the grocery store, I often sneak a peek at the items on the conveyor belt. When they order in front of me at McDonald’s, I listen to what they order. I call this “Food Watching”. Ya know, kinda like people watching, but for foodies ;)

I thought it would be fun to share with you guys what we order at McDonald’s along with the nutritional value of the meal.

Aybra’s Signature McDonald’s Meal:

Aybras Favorite McDonalds Meal

Chicken Nuggets, Kid Size Fry, Yogurt, and Chocolate Milk

Aybras Signature McDonalds Meal Nutritional Value

Losh’s Signature McDonald’s Meal:

Loshs Favorite McDonalds Meal

Chicken Nuggets, Kid Size Fry, Small Drink, Fruit

Loshs Signature McDonalds Meal Nutritional Value

Kaia’s Signature McDonald’s Meal:

Kaias Favorite McDonalds Meal

McDouble, Small Fry, Small Drink, Yogurt

Kaias Signature McDonalds Meal Nutritional Value

Life as a Convert’s Signature McDonald’s Meal:

Ok, I gotta say, my favorites are always switching. I am one of those people that hardly ever get the same food twice in a row. I am currently obsessing over this though:

Life as a Convert Signature McDonald's Meal - Chef Crafted Flavor

Cheft Crafted Maple Bacon Dijon Burger on Artisan with Fries (for the record, only one was mine)!

What is your signature McDonald’s meal order? 

Have you tried the new Chef Crafted Flavors? 

Eat Local and Support Farmers – #Farm2Home15

Eat Local and Support Farmers – Farm2Home15

A few posts back, I talked about my second trip to Moss Mountain Farm. I didn’t really go into detail about what we did that day; I wanted to give that a post of it’s own. My purpose for attending the event was to use my voice as a blogger and share how important it is to purchase locally and support our local farmers. I happen to live in Arkansas, but this is an issue that is important globally.

eat local support farmers farm2home15

 

Not only did we tour Allen’s farm, we also had the chance to sit down and talk with a panel of Arkansas Farmers representing the #ARMade and #ARGrown sides of the equation. Not all farmers produce food, some produce products (think soaps, lotions, oils etc)

The #ARGrown panel included:

Beth DeSalvo from Big D Ranch
Jeffrey Hall from Hall Family Farm
Chuck McCool from McCool Farms
Mark Morgan from Peach Pickin’ Paradise

The #ARMade panel included:

Misty Langdon from Our Green Acre
Tammie Pope from Tammy Sue’s Critters
Cat Swenson from Great Fermentation
Bob Wayne from Wayne Plantation

Each one discussed ways that we can support farmers. They also discussed the benefits of buying local. Many of these overlapped and because they all boil down to the same thing (supporting your local economy, I will just share the highlights in some easy bullet points).

5 Ways to Support Farmers:
1. Shop at your local Farmer’s Markets
2. Eat at restaurants that support farmers (Ask them when ordering “Which menu items are locally sourced?”)
3. Look for signs displaying Arkansas Grown/Arkansas Made products in stores and buy those products
4. Talk to your school about purchasing foods from farmers
5. Share! Know a local farmer? Share their business with your friends and family. Social media is great for that.

5 Benefits of Supporting Farmers:
1. Cost – Because there is no middle man and no cost of shipping, you save money.
2. Quality – Food can be purchased that has often been harvested the same day. Talk about fresh! Additionally, because the food hasn’t sat on a shipping truck for days, this means it lasts longer after purchase, again saving you money and reducing waste.
3. Economy – Buying local puts that money back into the local economy.
4. Visual – Have you ever seen the farm where your beef came from? What about how your corn was grown? Most local farmers will be more than happy to give you a quick tour of their farm and show you what they are doing.
5. Environment – Think about all of the fuel used transporting goods across state lines. Less travel time  = less harm to the environment.

With all this talk of buying, and eating local, I thought I’d share some posts to go along with the theme. Check out these other bloggers who support farmers in their community and some yummy recipes they have to share:

Rhonda’s ACB’s of Farm2Home over at Captain Mom.
Debbie’s Berry Tempting Blueberry Smoothie from Dining with Debbie
Anita’s Vegetable Tian from Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen
P. Allen Smith’s own Buttermilk Pecan Pie as shared by Debbie from Dining with Debbie
and finally, Could you use a Few More Recipes? from Katherine at Home’s Cool

What are some ways that you support farmers in your community? 

 

Meal Planning Printable (FREE MENU SHEETS)

Meal Planning PRINTABLE

I remember when I first got into meal planning, making a food budget, and creating a menu how much it saved my sanity and time. I planned around what we had going on each day, so if we were going to be busy, I knew I wouldn’t have time to make a tedious meal.

I saved time because I knew exactly what I needed to purchase from the store in order to complete all of my meals. I went through my pantry before I made a grocery list, so I didn’t repeat any items. I knew what to lay out for dinner and didn’t have to rush around at the last minute trying to piece together a meal.

I also saved money because I didn’t buy items that were not going to be used, or have to make multiple trips to purchase items that I could create a meal with.

Over the years, I had sadly gotten out of the habit of meal planning. The good news is that I am slowly getting back into meal planning and finding my life is less hectic because of it. The craziest thing is that I ONLY plan my dinners. I created a few meal planning worksheets that I have been using and wanted to share them with you all.

This first one is a monthly layout with enough space to plan every meal if desired. There is a colored option or a black and white option. The links to download them are directly below the image.

monthly menu planner planning worksheet printable free meal planning

MENU Template (BW) | Monthly Menu Template (COLOR)

If you prefer a weekly option with enough space to create a shopping list, then I have created this version as well:

weekly printable menu plan meal planning free

WEEKLY MENU PLAN

One of the best things about meal planning is that you don’t have to stick with the original dates you choose. If you choose to mix them up, then that is fine!

Do you plan a weekly or monthly menu?